Articles

Human Milk Oligosaccharides – an introduction

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Impact of oil blend in formula on fatty acids balance

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Growth monitoring: Uncovering important insights into children’s health

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Expert insights into managing common gastrointestinal symptoms in clinical practice
By Dr Pedro Alarcon

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Nutritional modulators in early brain development
By Dr Matthew J Kuchan

The dramatic development of the brain in early life is fuelled by nutrition.
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Whey & casein: milking the facts

A brief Q&A article highlighting the facts about the key proteins found in milk.
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Lactose: the plain truth

A brief Q&A article highlighting the facts about lactose.
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Soy Sense: science to date

A brief scientific update on the nutritional adequacy and safety of soy formulas.
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Research Update: Nutrition and brain development in early life

Adequate nutrition from conception through infancy lays the foundation for lifetime brain function.
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Diarrhoea management: to go lactose-free or not?

This article presents an overview of the current evidence for managing childhood diarrhea and the importance of early refeeding.
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Research Update: Treatment of Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy

A summary of the current evidence related to cow’s milk protein allergy, including a symptom-based score which may aid in its diagnosis.
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Research Update: Lutein is the predominant carotenoid in the infant brain: Preterm infants have decreased concentrations of brain carotenoids

This is the first study to characterize the distribution of carotenoids in the infant brain, and compare concentrations in preterm and term infants.
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Research Update: A comprehensive review of sensitization and allergy to soy-based products

Findings from this new systematic review challenge the reported prevalence of soy allergy in children.
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Research Update: Subjective Global Nutritional Assessment in critically ill children

This is the first study to evaluate if a subjective nutrition assessment method could identify malnutrition in the paediatric ICU (PICU) and predict nutrition-associated morbidities.
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Research Update: Timing of nutritional interventions in very- low-birth-weight infants: optimal neurodevelopment compared with the onset of the metabolic syndrome

An overview of the current evidence on the appropriate diet for very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) preterm infants is presented in this review article.
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Language development in young children
By Dr Tan Seok Hui, PhD
Language Development Researcher

Oral language skills play an important role in children’s cognitive development. This article examines the contribution that early vocabulary development makes to children’s subsequent cognitive development, and reports the findings from a recent study on expressive vocabulary for local infants in Singapore.
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Research Update: Clinical effects of probiotics: scientific evidence from a paediatric perspective

Much research has been conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of various clinical conditions. This recent paper aims to review the current level of evidence for probiotics in paediatric clinical practice.
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Research Update: The association of vitamin D status with pediatric critical illness

Inadequate vitamin D has been thought to predispose to or worsen critical illness pathophysiology. This recent study has provided evidence, for the first time, that vitamin D deficiency is both common among critically ill children and associated with greater severity of critical illness.
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What is the beverage consumption pattern of children in Singapore?
Anna Jacob, Senior Manager, Nutrition Science & Communications
Abbott Nutrition International, Singapore

Trends in the US and UK have indicated that children's consumption of more nutritious beverages such as milk has declined over the years, in favour of soft drinks - this displacement can have an important impact on health outcomes. As there is a paucity of local data in this area, a first-of-its-kind nationwide survey was recently conducted to examine the beverage consumption habits among children in Singapore.
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Research Update: Dietary pattern and its association with the prevalence of obesity and related cardiometabolic risk factors among Chinese children

A Western dietary pattern was found to be associated with a higher prevalence of obesity and increased levels of plasma glucose, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides among primary school children in China.
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