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Effects of Instagram on breastfeeding perceptions

Breastfeeding has many established benefits for mothers, children, and society at large; however, the vast majority of infants around the world do not meet international breastfeeding recommendations.  A new study looks at how social media –specifically, Instagram – could help improve breastfeeding rates by changing perceptions and building support communities for breastfeeding moms. The study…

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Breastmilk sugars may help prevent food allergies

The unique composition of a mother’s breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, according to new findings from the CHILD Study. The research, published in the June issue of Allergy, found that a specific profile of complex sugars in human milk is associated with a lower rate of food sensitization in babies…

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New study looks for link between Winnipeg’s urban trails and heart health

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability in Canada. To date, most proposed solutions to reduce the burden of heart disease in Canada have focused on individualized interventions aimed at changing behaviours, like becoming more active or quitting smoking. Population-level interventions that nudge large segments of the population towards healthy lifestyles…

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Exclusive breastfeeding in hospital associated with longer breastfeeding duration

New findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study show that exclusive breastfeeding during the first few days of life is positively associated with longer-term breastfeeding, while in-hospital formula use is associated with breastfeeding for a significantly shorter duration. Dr. Meghan Azad, an investigator with AllerGen and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, and an epidemiologist at…

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New study finds diesel exhaust changes immune response in human lungs

Inhaled air pollution is a well-known human health hazard. Traffic-related air pollution is associated with an increased risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), enhanced allergic responses, and an increased risk of lung infections. A new two-part study (read here and here) led by Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee, a research…

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Congenital hernias in newborns: new guideline to manage complex condition

For babies diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a comprehensive new guideline in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://bit.ly/2rqLPLe aims to provide guidance to physicians in diagnosing and managing the condition from the time a diagnosis is made during pregnancy through the teen years. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia is a “hole” in the diaphragm muscle through which…

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