Starting solid foods BEFORE four months could cut risk of peanut allergy

Parents who feed their infants solid foods or cow’s milk before the age of four months could put them at lower risk for peanut allergy, according to a new study.

Researchers said introducing solids early on could ‘kick-start’ the immune system, making children with a family history of allergies about five times less likely to develop sensitivity.

In contrast, experts generally recommend mothers breastfeed infants for the first six months because it is the best form of nutrition.

The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology last month, was conducted on 594 children, whose mothers were interviewed about feeding practices when they were one, six, and 12 months old.

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Hospitals hope wristbands will reduce patient falls

YARMOUTH — On Monday, hospitals in southwestern Nova Scotia began placing yellow wristbands on patients considered to be at high risk of falling.

The wristbands carry the words “fall risk” in large black letters and will let all health-care providers know that fall prevention cautions should be taken, said Barbara Johnson of SouthWest Health.

For more than a year now, each patient admitted to Digby General Hospital and Yarmouth Regional Hospital, as well as Roseway Hospital in Shelburne, has been assessed to help identify any fall risk.

Records show that 401 hospital patient falls were reported in 2009-10 by the three hospitals.

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