Monday, March 19, 2007

Zinc reduces mortality in children

Zinc Supplementation Found To Reduce Mortality In Older Children ScienceDaily 3/18/07 "A clinical trial conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public concluded that daily zinc supplements reduced the risk of death among children aged 12 to 48 months by 18 percent. However, the researchers did not find any significant reduction in mortality among children 1 to 11 months of age. ...Zinc is one of the most plentiful trace elements in the body, second only to iron. It mediates many physiological functions and is believed to be essential for maintaining a healthy immune system...This large trial demonstrates that the benefits of zinc supplementation include mortality reduction in addition to the reduction in cases of pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria that we found in previous trials,” said Robert Black, MD...double-blind trial involved 42,546 is possible that infants acquire sufficient amounts of zinc in utero and through breast feeding to sustain them during the first year of life..."

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