DHA: A Breakthrough In Treating Premature Babies
- View SourceAdelaide researchers have made a world
breakthrough in treating premature babies
at risk of developmental disorders.
A six-year study led by Dr Maria Makrides
from the Women's & Children's Health Research
Institute and Professor Bob Gibson from the
University of Adelaide has demonstrated that
high doses of fatty acids administered to
pre-term infants via their mother's breast
milk or infant formula can help their
Researchers found that a major lipid in the
brain - the omega-3 fatty acid known as
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - is not developed
sufficiently in babies born before 33 weeks'
gestation, leading to possible impaired
ScienceDaily Jan. 14, 2009
First congratulations to those involved at Adelaide
University, for this remarkable breakthrough in the
treatment of premature babies.
Second if more evidence was needed, this remarkable
breakthrough proves once more how essential DHA is
for the development of the human brain and how
crucial easy access to a source of DHA was for the
evolution of the human animal.
Probably the shore-ancestors of man some two million
years ago or more, would have obtained more DHA
foraging on the shore than running down and cracking
open the skull of a rhino, to get a gram or two on
the mythical savanna.