Breastfeeding :: Breast milk associated with greater mental development in preterm infants

Extremely low birth weight premature infants who received breast milk shortly after birth, while still in intensive care units, had greater mental development scores at 30 months than did infants who were not fed breast milk, reported researchers in an NIH network. Moreover, infants fed breast milk were less likely to have been re-hospitalized after their initial discharge than were the infants not fed breast milk.

Food Allergy :: Precautionary Labelling for Allergens in Pre-packaged Foods, Canada

As a result of recent recalls, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are reviewing precautionary statements for food allergens and making recommendations regarding their use on the labels of pre-packaged foods. Precautionary statements are voluntary declarations on the labels of pre-packaged foods that alert consumers with food allergies to the potential presence of the allergen in the food.

Alcohol :: AAAS to develop science-based teaching tools on underage alcohol use

Efforts to halt underage drinking often focus on peer pressure and the prevention of risky behaviors, but the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is undertaking a new federally funded project to give middle-school children a science-based understanding of what can happen to them if they use alcohol.