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Researchers Tell Kids to Drink Their Milk -- But How Much?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Pediatricians often recommend milk to help kids grow strong bones. We tell our children to drink milk, but how much "moo" juice is too much of a good thing?
A Canadian study of more than 1,300 children helps with the answer.
Published in the journal Pediatrics, the research found that two cups of milk a day -- or 500 milliliters -- are enough to maintain healthy vitamin D and iron for most children. Children with darker skin pigmentation may need three to four cups of milk a day to maintain the same amount of vitamin D in the winter months unless they take a vitamin D supplement.
"We started to research the question because professional recommendations around milk intake were unclear and doctors and parents were seeking answers," said the study's lead author, Dr. Jonathon Maguire, according to the Toronto Sun.

The authors say about 70 percent of American children drink cow's milk every day.
The right balance is important because, while too little milk can mean not enough vitamin D, too much milk can lower a child's level of iron.

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Organic Milk -- Are You Getting What You Pay For?

Creatas/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The USDA’s inspector general has released a new report raising questions about whether paying $7 per gallon for organic milk is buying you a drink that’s completely free of the chemicals and genetically modified material that may be in plain old milk.

It’s not that investigators found traces of prohibited genetically modified material in organic milk. They did not.

What they did find is that the agents who certify which milks can carry the “USDA Organic” label aren’t looking for it. If they looked and found GM material, that would mean the organic cows were eating the same sort of feed that is allowed to be fed to all the rest of the cows.

Also, the tankers that transport organic milk are sterilized with the same FDA-approved sanitizers that are used for regular milk.

“So there is a risk that organic milk can come into contact with prohibited substances as it is being transported,” the report says.

The IG also noted organic certifying agents have been tipping off farmers before inspections.

Click here to read the full IG report.

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PA Health Officials Confirm 35 Cases of Raw Milk Illness

Getty Images(CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.) -- Thirty-five people across four states have been sickened by the same raw milk Pennsylvania health officials confirmed Friday, according to reports.

The Pennsylvania Health Department issued a health advisory last week recommending consumers discard any raw milk produced by The Family Cow farm since Jan. 1. At the time, there were six confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection.

The farm has suspended raw milk production and the Department of Agriculture is testing samples.

Campylobacter infection is one of the most common forms of gastroenteritis, which typically causes vomiting and diarrhea. Approximately 1,300 cases of the infection are reported each year in Pennsylvania. Raw milk is unpasteurized milk, which the FDA says can contain harmful bacteria.

28 cases were reported in Pennsylvania, and the seven other cases were among residents of Maryland, West Virginia, and New Jersey.

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Breastfed Babies Cry More, UK Study Finds

George Doyle/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Breastfed babies cry more than formula-fed ones, but that’s normal, so stick with it.  Formula-fed babies may be quieter but overfed.

That’s the message the U.K. Medical Research Council wants mothers to take from a study published this week in the science journal PLoS One.

The British and U.S. governments recommend mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of a child’s life.  They cite research showing breastfeeding is healthier for babies and mothers.  Some researchers even say it makes children, especially boys, smarter.

In both countries, official statistics show three-quarters of new mothers follow this advice, but many give up in the first few months, if not weeks.  According to the latest U.S. data, 13 percent of those who tried completed the whole six months.

The most common reason given by women in Britain’s 2005 Infant Feeding Survey was, “Breast milk alone didn’t satisfy my baby.”

This means mothers perceive irritability as “a negative signal,” a Medical Research Council statement said, an interpretation perhaps few mothers would challenge.

However, “[R]ather than being a sign of stress, the researchers say irritability is a natural part of the dynamic communication between mothers and babies and should not deter women from breastfeeding,” the release continued.

And formula-fed babies, “may appear more content, but research suggests that these infants may be over-nourished and gain weight too quickly,” wrote the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Ken Ong, of University of Cambridge.

To study the link between infant temperament and feeding, the study asked mothers of 316 babies to rate their baby’s behavior at age three months.  Compared with formula-fed babies, exclusive breast-fed and mixed-fed babies showed “greater distress,” “less smiling” and “lower soothability,” according to the article.

Susan Burger, PhD, president of the New York Lactation Consultant Association, faulted the study for assessing babies’ temperaments using mothers’ self-reported data but agreed with the study’s goal of giving mothers more realistic expectations as a way to bolster breastfeeding.

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Campaign: Got PMS? Have a Glass of Milk

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Looking for a cure to PMS? Grab some milk.

That's according to the folks behind the "Got Milk?" ads in their latest push to encourage Americans to drink more milk.

The new campaign from the California Milk and Processor Board is based on studies indicating vitamins and minerals found in milk can help alleviate pre-menstrual system cramps, bloating, mood swings and breakouts.

Yet, although the newest campaign uses PMS relief as a selling point, its' ads target men who "deal" with PMS. Soon to be released billboards depict confused men, holding gallons of milk, with a caption above them showing their inner thoughts.

The milk promoters' advertising efforts even include a new website called "Everything I Do Is Wrong," a site targeting men stressed by women experiencing PMS symptoms.

Although the ads have been labeled as sexist by critics, the message behind the billboards (milk helps cure PMS) isn't as controversial.

According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, women who adopted a calcium rich diet reported less severe symptoms.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Nearly Six Million Kids Have Food Allergies

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Close to six million children in the U.S. suffer from food allergies, according to a new study published Monday in Pediatrics.

Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine collected data from over 38,000 children in the country and found that 8 percent of them had food allergies.  The most common allergy was to peanuts, followed by milk and shellfish.

A third of the children surveyed were also found to have multiple food allergies.

Futhermore, researchers found that kids who are black or Asian or come from higher income families have a greater chance of being allergic to some type of food.

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Radiation in US Milk: What It Means

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Milk from America's West Coast containing trace amounts of radioactive iodine is safe to drink, health officials say.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration reported higher-than-normal levels of radioactive Iodine-131 in milk samples from California and Washington Wednesday. But the levels are 5,000 times below the danger threshold.

"These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children," the EPA said on its website.

A March 25 radiation reading from milk in Spokane, Wash. -- 0.8 picocuries per liter -- is more than 4,000 times less than that of a normal banana, which naturally contains radioactive potassium.

Agencies will continue to measure radiation levels in milk and other food products in the U.S. during Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis.

"Radioactivity levels in milk products are monitored, so it is unlikely that any significantly contaminated milk would make it to the marketplace," said Dr. Timothy Jorgensen, associate professor in the department of radiation medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. "The U.S. population need not be concerned about this level of Iodine-131."

On March 28 the EPA reported very low levels of radiation in the air over Alaska, Alabama, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Saipan, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Washington state.

On March 22, the FDA banned milk and produce imported from Japan's Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Lower Protein Infant Formula Supports Growth Rate Similar to Breast Milk, Study Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MADISON, N.J.) -- In a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that infants who were fed a lower-protein infant formula gained weight at a rate similar to infants who were breastfed.

"This study showed that when we fed infants with a formula that contained specially-adjusted levels of protein that more closely matched those found in breast milk, these babies grew at a rate similar to breastfed babies," said Rosario Capeding, M.D., from the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in the Philippines.

Dr. Capeding, a pediatrician, added that early childhood nutrition is especially important and that child growth and development are dependent on support from nutrients in the "most appropriate proportions."

Although not determined in the study, Dr. Capeding also emphasized the benefits of breastfeeding pointing to the immunity that breast milk provides.

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