Study reveals breast-feeding may save lives, money
CHICAGO An analysis published in the online edition of Pediatrics estimated that close to 900 babies’ lives would be saved if 90% of mothers breast-fed their children for the first six months of life.
In addition to the lives that would be saved from breast-feeding, the analysis also concluded that billion-dollars costs would be spared. The results implied that breast-feeding may prevent costly illnesses and various health problems babies can experience. The United States would save $13 billion per year and prevent an excess 911 deaths, a 2001 study included in the analysis noted.
“Current U.S. breast-feeding rates are suboptimal and result in significant excess costs and preventable infant deaths,” the study conclusion read. “Investment in strategies to promote longer breast-feeding duration and exclusivity may be cost-effective.”
Lead authors of the study were Melissa Bartick and Arnold Reinhold.
The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus addresses functional medicine in health care
WASHINGTON The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with two trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry — the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association — recently hosted a speaker lunch briefing, “Functional Medicine: Frontline Against Chronic Disease,” in an effort to address the momentum behind functional medicine in the healthcare arena, CRN announced Friday.
With healthcare legislation recently being passed, prevention and wellness continue to be hot topics on Capitol Hill and in the news, CRN noted. Functional medicine can be described as personalized health care that incorporates both conventional and alternative therapies. The functional medicine model focuses on primary prevention and underlying causes for serious illness; assessing and preventing complex chronic disease. Dietary supplements would play an integral role in this model, CRN noted.
“The irony is that the current healthcare system will pay for expensive medical treatments, but it won’t pay for dietary supplements to keep our bodies healthy,” stated Mark Hyman, medical director of the UltraWellness Center. “As a nation, we are overfed but undernourished. Dietary supplements play an important role in functional and preventive medicine.”
Co-chair of the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, opened the briefing. Reps. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., were also in attendance.
Exegen sues American Scientific Resources, subsidiary
WATERTOWN, Mass. Exergen Corp. announced on Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against American Scientific Resources and its wholly owned subsidiary, Kidz-Med.
The lawsuit alleges false advertising with respect to claims made about the capabilities and operation of the Kidz-Med Thermofocus thermometer and requests an end to that advertising.