An Australian study has shown that children who drink both plain and flavoured milk have higher intakes of essential nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous, iodine and magnesium than children who don't.
A recent study in the Lancet has found no association between a mothers vitamin D status during pregnancy and the bone density of her children at age 9-10 years. This throws into question the value of vitamin D screening during pregnancy.
A recent article in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health provides an overview of the important role of breast milk bioactive proteins in enhancing nutrition and growth and protecting the breastfed infant from bacterial and viral infections. It also looks at their possible future application in infant formula and other infant products.
A study of the prevalence of overweight and obesity in pregnant women in Victoria's rural Goulburn Valley region has found that nearly two thirds of them were overweight or obese, much higher than tha found in metropolitan regions. This places rural women at greater risk of pregnancy and birth complications.
A study undertaken by Newcastle University has found that chronic functional constipation (CFC) in children is associated with drinking cows milk. The cause appears unrelated to the type of casein in the milk but rather to some other component.
A New Zealand study, published in Nutrition & Dietetics found that independent risk factors for iron deficiency (ID) in children aged 6-23 months were prematurity and low birthweight, increased body mass index (BMI), consuming fruit only as a between meal snack and not with meals, not having milk formula,drinking cows milk daily and consuming only homemade foods as first solids.