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Formula bottle milk fattens babies

health-and-fitness Updated: Oct 16, 2010 22:58 IST

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Formula bottle milk fattens babies

Babies fed with formula bottle milk arelikely to be obese by the age of five, a British study has found. The study shows faster weight gain in infancy can put babies at risk from heart disease to diabetes in later life. Healthy babies given milk enriched with protein, vitamins and other nutrients had 22 per cent to 38 per cent more body fat than those fed standard bottle milk. As much as 20 per cent of adult obesity may be caused by excessive weight gain in infancy. Mothers are now encouraged to exclusively breastfeed their newborns for the first six months of their life.

Genetic tests be warned

Medical experts have advised caution about genetic tests that predict various diseases, saying they add little value beyond what consumers already knew. Risk factors like smoking, lack of exercise, age, hypertension and family history were usually more reliable predictors, said researchers in Australia, who published their comment in a paper in PLoS Medicine. “The liability and increased risk of any one of these genes is often trivially small, it’s not information you can act on,” it said.

Dogs help fight skin allergy

Young children with a family history of allergies may be less likely to develop the allergic skin condition eczema if they live with a dog starting in infancy, reports the Journal of Paediatrics. Living with a cat, however, may increase those odds of allergy among children who have a specific sensitivity to cat allergen.

Virtual pressure

More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk of psychological -- including emotional, behavioural, and peer-related — problems. British researchers found the effect held regardless of how active kids were during the rest of the day. For the study, Page and her colleagues studied more than 1,000 kids between the ages of 10 and 11. The effect was seen regardless of sex, age, stage of puberty, or level of educational or economic status.

Walk for acuity

Walking at least 10 km a week keep brains from shrinking and fight off dementia. A US study of 300 people who kept track of how much they walked each week showed that those who walked had less age-related brain shrinkage than people who walked less. Activities like walking have been shown to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease.