01 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Peanuts Early In Infancy May Lower The Risk of Developing Peanut Allergy

Milk and some other food allergies can go away with time.  But peanut allergy seems to last a lifetime and it can be severe, taking people to an Emergency Room.  That’s why there’s been so much of an effort to try to prevent it. We previously reported on the 2015 Leap Study (which stood for Learning Early About Peanut Allergy).  That formed much of the basis for new guidelines...

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21 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread: CDC

We don’t judge whether you have enough vitamin D just based on what you eat anymore.  In part that's because the sources of the vitamin are both sun exposure and diet.  They aren't the same every day and they really aren't the critical issue.What is? Well, it's how much vitamin D is floating around in your body and is it making a difference on your bone mineralization and immune system...

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10 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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GMO Food Excluded from Organic Certification

I enjoyed my recent opportunity to speak with a number of customers at Kroger Supermarkets when I was there signing copies of What to Feed Your Baby. Some had come because they heard my interviews at WSB (that felt particularly wonderful). And some were shoppers that had specific questions they wanted to address, with implications far beyond childhood. Interestingly, the topics were similar...

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10 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Breast Feeding Babies Test Higher in IQ

Breastfeeding has been associated with higher IQs and other measures of cognitive and developmental abilities, but the studies were often dismissed because breastfeeding and IQs also parallel social, cultural and occupational differences. In other words, who's to say that breastfeeding made Johnny smarter when it could have been that his parents were also better educated and wealthier than Jimmy'...

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10 March

Bailey Koch, RD, CSP, LD

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How To Keep A Symptom Diary

Nutritional and gastrointestinal disorders are often mysteries in the beginning.  Not a whodunit, but awfully close as doctors try to put the symptoms together and figure out the cause and then the best treatment plan.  Sometimes we'd rather have a simple ear infection, where we can look into the ear, see the infected area and decide on the best antibiotic.  However, even ear...

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27 October

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Children and Teens

What is irritable bowel syndrome?  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS, also known as a spastic colon) is a frequent problem in adults, and a not infrequent one, in school children.  The widely accepted criteria established by a group of international physicians meeting together in Rome (and thus called the Rome criteria) helps to define the condition. Recurrent abdominal pain or...

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27 October

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC): A Too Common Condition of Premature Babies

As horrible as it sounds, necrotizing enterocolitis, often just called NEC, is where part of the intestinal is injured or dies.  It seems to develop when feedings are introduced into a vulnerable intestine with an area of diminished blood supply.  That vulnerability seems to be increased by bacteria in the intestine and any increase in the thickness or calories of the feedings...

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27 October

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Premature Infants: Critically Important Nutrients

Once a baby is brought into the world, he or she is suddenly without the source of nutrition that has been providing what is needed to build tissues and organs and to create the enzymes and structures that must begin functioning almost immediately. Healthy full-term infants can usually function well. Their organs are already at a capacity that's ready to do what they must. They can feed on a...

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27 October

Dr. Stan Cohen

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When Can Premies Feed From A Bottle?

To feed from breast or bottle, it takes an ordered, coordinated pattern of sucking, swallowing, and breathing. Without that pattern, babies can aspirate breast milk or formula into their lungs. Most infants can manage that by 34 weeks of age, some slightly sooner. Younger or sick premies need a feeding tube.When they seem strong enough, a feeding specialist or skilled nurse will offer a small...

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27 October

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Premie, Premature Infant Formulas

Early premature babies (those born before 36 weeks) need a formula that is higher in protein and most vitamins and minerals. It has 20 percent more calories than routine formulas (it has 24 calories per ounce) to assist growth. These are sterile liquids and only available in hospital nurseries and intensive-care units. Babies born between 36-38 weeks, often referred to as near-term infants,...

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