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    Default Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

    Michaeleen Doucleff
    August 17 2017

    If you're in desperate need for some good news, look no further.
    Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year.
    And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.
    Feeding babies the microbes dramatically reduces the risk newborns will develop sepsis, scientists report Wednesday in the journal Nature.
    Sepsis is a top killer of newborns worldwide. Each year more than 600,000 babies die of the blood infections, which can strike very quickly.




    Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsand...adly-infection

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    Sounds promising. Preemies are also helped tremendously by consuming breast milk. About 140 U.S. hospitals now buy breast milk from the Austin Milk Bank for "preemies" because it's often hard for mothers to produce enough.

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    That's interesting. Do mothers sell their excess milk, or are these donations?
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    According to their website, it's all donated milk. Apparently, this is a fairly popular idea....donating milk. When I was searching for a response to your question, I came across several other "milk banks" in the state of Texas. The milk bank in Ft. Worth has 12 different donation sites throughout the state. Anyway, the article I read about the benefits of breast milk for "preemies" called it, "liquid gold."

    Link to the Austin Milk Bank website: https://www.milkbank.org/get-involved/donate-your-milk

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    I had no idea that donating breast milk was so common. That makes my heart smile.

    So some women donate milk, and many of us donate blood. Donate, as in, give away. Now, I wonder how much hospitals charge for these donations, above and beyond mere processing and shipping costs?
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    @Islander: You are sooo clairvoyant!!! This is the $64,000 question. Hospitals pay the Austin Milk Bank, on average, $4.75 per ounce. Ouch!! So, if the hospitals pay almost $5 an ounce, patients could pay as much as $6 or $7. Babies drink less than ounce every few hours. In some cases, the mothers can produce a little milk and donated milk is used to supplement. Most hospitals only give donated milk to babies weighing less than 3.3 pounds. Above this weight, they reciev formula. According to a Wash/Post article, hospitals serving primarily poor people do not use donated milk because Medicaid will not pay for it. GOOD NEWS: The states of New York & Texas have passed laws allowing Medicaid to pay for donated breast milk for preemies. This may be why Texas has so many milk banks. Here's a link to Wash/Post article:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.b4c3054dd79e

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    Kudos to you, Mr. Wizard, for finding all those details. And shame on Medicaid for not covering this. Isn't that what Medicaid is for?
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    One might be tempted to think that Medicaid is for pharmaceutical, patentable 'remedies'. Here in Rio, my American friend, who nursed her little boy until he was about 2, had lots of extra milk (and he nursed a LOT!), and found some sort of organization that would come and pick up the breast milk that she expressed and froze. I don't think she did this the entire two years, but she did it some.

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    That is a kind, generous gesture. Despite the chaotic times we're living in, there really are good people in the world!
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