Month: August 2011

L-Carnitine in Childhood Cognitive Development

L-carnitine therapy at a dose of 50 mg per kilogram-bodyweight per day administered for 3 months in children with suboptimal developmental, social, behavioral and communication abilities significantly improved cognitive function scores in these subjects.

Reference:

Geier DA, Kern JK, Davis G, King PG, Adams JB, Young JL, Geier MR. A prospective double-blind, randomized clinical trial of levocarnitine to treat autism spectrum disorders. Med Sci Monit. 2011 Jun 1;17(6):PI15-23.

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Moms-to-be Need More Vitamin D

Did you know that when breast milk is tested, 95% has inadequate levels of vitamin D? This should be no surprise as 80-95% of lactating women are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency in children can lead to a condition known as rickets where bones develop poorly and in severe cases can lead to cardiac arrest as seen in a recent case in Switzerland.

Source: Chehade et al. Acute Life-Threatening Presentation of Vitamin D Deficiency Rickets. J Clin Endo and Metab. July 27, 2011 Current Issue.

DHA in Pregnancy May Mean Fewer Colds for Baby

A woman who consumes fish oil-type supplements during pregnancy may decrease the number of colds early in her baby’s life, according to a new randomized, controlled trial. Cold symptoms occurred 24% less often among babies whose mothers took docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) pills during pregnancy.

Source: Pediatrics

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