Breast milk protects newborns from 'lethal' intestinal disorder

September 10, 2014 8:11 AM

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A new research has revealed that proteins found in breast milk protect newborn infants from devastating intestinal disorder.

The study of Children's Hospital Los Angeles demonstrated that a protein called neuregulin-4 (NRG4) present in breast milk, but absent from formula, might be protective against the intestinal destruction caused in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which is a lethal gastrointestinal disease.

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