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Docosahexaenoic acid and the preterm infant

Overview of attention for article published in Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology, December 2017
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Title
Docosahexaenoic acid and the preterm infant
Published in
Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology, December 2017
DOI 10.1186/s40748-017-0061-1
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Stephanie L. Smith, Christopher A. Rouse

Abstract

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a long chain poly-unsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA) that has a role in the cognitive and visual development, as well as in the immune function of newborns. Premature infants are typically deficient in DHA for several reasons, to include fetal accretion of DHA that typically occurs during the third trimester. These premature infants are reliant on enteral sources of DHA, most commonly through breast milk. The DHA content in breast milk varies in direct correlation with maternal DHA intake and mothers consuming a Western diet typically have lower levels of DHA in their breast milk. Maternal DHA supplementation and direct supplementation of DHA to the infant has been tried successfully but there are still conflicting results on the optimal dosage and method of delivery of DHA to the infant. This has led to inconsistent results in trials evaluating the effects of DHA supplementation to the preterm infant in terms of cognitive and immunological outcomes. While short-term benefits have been seen in several studies, long-term benefits are not consistent. Future studies continue to be needed to optimize DHA intake in our premature infants.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 33 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 6 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 15%
Student > Master 4 12%
Other 3 9%
Student > Bachelor 2 6%
Other 6 18%
Unknown 7 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 9 27%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 9%
Neuroscience 2 6%
Other 1 3%
Unknown 9 27%

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