The Daily Dose: Let’s give parents a chance to breastfeed their babies properly

This week has been World Breastfeeding Month and in its honor the World Health Organization launched the Enable Parents, Enable Breastfeeding campaign. They urge employers to adopt parent-friendly policies. “Mothers need time off from work to recover from birth and get breastfeeding off to a successful start. When a breastfeeding mother returns to work, her ability to continue breastfeeding depends on having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breastmilk; and affordable childcare at or near her workplace.”

Sure, Japanese food tastes great. Everyone knows that. But is it good for you? A new study investigated the Nutritional Density (ND) of the cuisine. They concluded, “Adhering to a traditional Japanese diet as defined by the JDI was associated with good ND. Furthermore, the modified indices (mJDI12 and wJDI9) had a higher performance for ND. However, all of the indices were correlated with high sodium intake.” Bring on the takoyaki.

Very few modern medicines offer hucksters and con artists more opportunity to hustle unsuspecting patients than stem cell therapy. Countless unscrupulous doctors claim to have versions that are effective but offer nothing more than a chance to lose money. Recently, a team of researchers surveyed the American South West and documented the various stem cell therapies on offer. Welcome to the world of the 21st snake oil salesman.

The World Health Organization has revealed that there has been an uptick of drug resistant HIV in parts of the world. According to multiple WHO studies, “In the past 4 years, 12 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas have surpassed acceptable levels of drug resistance against two drugs that constitute the backbone of HIV treatment: efavirenz and nevirapine.”

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as taken a turn for the worst as yet another person has become infected with the virus in the heavily populated city of Goma. The daughter of an Ebola patient has caused enough concern for neighboring Rwanda to close it’s border with the DRC.

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