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DHA: A Breakthrough In Treating Premature Babies

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    Adelaide researchers have made a world breakthrough in treating premature babies at risk of developmental disorders. A six-year study led by Dr Maria Makrides
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      Adelaide 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
      mental development.

      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
      mental development.


      ScienceDaily Jan. 14, 2009
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090114092844.htm

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      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.



      ---m3d
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