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In the news today: Benefits of probiotics for premature babies!

Exciting research in the news today: the benefit of probiotics for premature babies!

Key takeaways from the article:

  • Premature babies are at risk of developing necrotising enterocolitis (NEC)
  • If untreated, this condition can be fatal and lead to complications such as cerebral palsy
  • Probiotics, mixed with breast milk, were trialed as a preventative treatment for this condition as they improve gut integrity and can reduce inflammation in the gut
  • Early results of the trial suggest that this treatment reduced the incidence of bowel disease by up to 50%
  • It can cost around $250,000 to treat a child who gets the disease, while a course of the probiotic is as little as $75!

To read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-10/new-hope-for-premature-babies/4619984

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