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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
PUBLIC HEALTH nurses (PHNs) should provide early and more regular home visits to support breastfeeding mothers and the PHN service should be extended from five to seven days a week, according to a new study.
The Infant Feeding Survey found that although breastfeeding rates in Ireland were among the lowest in Europe, the public health nursing services had a positive, professional and organisational attitude towards it.
The survey was commissioned by the HSE and undertaken by nurse/midwife researchers in UCC’s School of Nursing and Midwifery to review existing breastfeeding support services in Ireland. Some 1,854 mothers with children under three years (breastfeeders and formula feeders) took part in the study under principal investigator Dr Patricia Leahy-Warren.
Helen Mulcahy, lecturer at UCC’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “Overall, mothers had high breastfeeding self-efficacy , with a subgroup of mothers in which the levels were very high. PHNs had a more positive attitude to breastfeeding than breastfeeding mothers, which was statistically significant and an unexpected finding, but may be related to the fact that they had education in breastfeeding.”
Ms Mulcahy said the authors of the study had made 19 recommendations, almost all of which could be addressed with the implementation of an initiative based on the WHO/Unicef Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
“While PHNs in general had a very positive attitude to providing breastfeeding support and education to mothers, time was definitely an issue and other parts of their workload often took precedence over the provision of breastfeeding support.” she said.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Researchers identify mechanism malaria parasite uses to spread among red blood cells
ScienceDaily (2010-02-22) -- Malaria remains one of the most deadly infectious diseases. Yet, how Plasmodium, the malaria parasite, regulates its infectious cycle has remained an enigma despite decades of rigorous research. Now a research team has identified a mechanism by which Plasmodium intensively replicates itself in human blood to spread the disease. The discovery could lead to new drugs for combating the disease. ... > read full article
Friday, February 19, 2010
Young patients with chronic illnesses find relief in acupuncture
ScienceDaily (2010-02-12) -- Some doctors are now offering pediatric patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses acupuncture therapy to help ease the pain and negative side effects like nausea, fatigue and vomiting caused by chronic health conditions and intensive treatments. ... > read full article