Can breast milk prevent cerebral palsy?
About 10% of premature babies develop this motor disability that weakens muscles and inhibits movements. It’s caused by damaged white matter in the brain, and usually occurs early in childhood development. But new research in Cell Stem Cell shows that a lipid found in breast milk can promote white matter growth and reduce the chances of developing cerebral palsy. Doctors may soon be able to use this lipid to treat the condition in its early stages (Duke University).
Finding long-term relief for your itchy rashes
A recent study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry finds that a newly created molecule can ease the effects of the Varicella Zoster Virus, which causes both chickenpox and shingles. Researchers predict that this will soon be used in over-the-counter medications that can be applied orally and topically (University of Georgia).
Do you really need eight glasses of water a day?
Dietician Holly Gilligan says it depends. The amount of water you need every day is determined by many different factors. These include the temperature, amount of physical activity you engage in, and your overall health. A general rule of thumb is the more you sweat, the more water you should drink, and especially on a hot summer day (University of Rochester).