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) 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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