Breakthrough Treatment For Premie Babies Developed

January 14, 2009

Australia (ChattahBox) – A breakthrough study by the University of Adelaide has found a new way to treat premature babies, reducing the risk of mental developmental disorders.

The new study, conducted by Dr. Maria Makrides, has found that administering high levels of fatty acid into formula or breast milk increases the risks of mental delaying disorders by 50%, an incredible result that is opening doors for new treatments for babies born before they have come full term.

The research exposed a severe DHA deficiency in babies born prior to a 33 week gestation period were more likely to suffer developmental issues, the rate being higher in baby boys, then those in girls. When given a high DHA diet filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, the babies within the tested group developed on a much higher level then those within the control.

The method worked especially well on infant girls, leaving the scientists boggled by the fact that the measures are less effective in males.

“Boys may have a faster metabolic rate than girls and need higher doses of DHA to make a difference,” Professor Bob Gibson, another researcher on the project, explained. “We need to do a lot more work in this area to find out why.”

The study has been published in the January 14, 2009 addition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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