Friday, 26 January 2018

Adding prebiotics to baby formulas significantly boosts infants' memories

Adding prebiotics to baby formulas may significantly boost infants' memories, new research reveals.

Although unclear why, researchers found piglets fed prebiotic-rich formulas are significantly better at recognizing objects they have come across before, a US study found.

This is thought to be due to prebiotics' effect on 'good bacteria' in the gut.

Breast milk naturally contains prebiotics, however, this research may aid the development of better infant formulas for women who cannot, or chose not to, breastfeed.

Difference between prebiotics and probiotics:
Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria in the gut, hence promote growth. Fruits like apples, bananas and kiwifruits are good sources of prebiotics for kids.

Probiotics contain good bacteria. By eating probiotic food like cultured milk and fermented food, good bacteria are introduced into the gut.


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Exceptional people: Six lauded for helping nine-year-old accident victim

Six good Samaritans were recognised yesterday for helping a nine-year-old boy who was trapped under a car in an accident on Jan 17.

The six people were presented with the Community First Responder award at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the 2nd SCDF Division in Tampines. Receiving their awards from division commander Alan Toh (centre) were (from left) Maris Stella High School student Branson Ong, 12; Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) student Jose Antonio Alexander, 12; technicians Govindan Meyyappan, 49, and Huang Han Xiang, 29; and Lin Yu Jie and Megan Seow, both 12 and from Geylang Methodist School (Secondary).


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Why quitting smartphones is the new quitting smoking

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Long before iPhones, the cigarette was the companion of choice for fidgety hands. And, long before Facebook, it was tobacco that promised to enhance your social life.

Now, quitting smartphones has become the new quitting smoking.

Of course, technology does not yellow your teeth, cause emphysema or lead to cancer. But some individuals are so concerned that device addiction is damaging their mental health that they are trying to reduce their dependence.

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