Tag: malnutrition

Immature Microbes in the Guts of Malnourished Children

Malnutrition (severe or moderate acute malnutrition) affects 23 percent of children in developing countries.1 The World Health Organization estimates that malnutrition is the cause of one-third of all child deaths.2 Malnutrition, or inadequate nutrition, manifests most noticeably as delayed growth, but also includes deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and protein. A recently developed intervention for severe acute malnutrition,…

Omega-3 Boosts Brain Health in Vulnerable Malnourished Children

Omega-3 supplementation greatly improves brain function in malnourished children ages 8 to 12, according to a recent study published in the journal Research in Developmental Disabilities. Many studies have been done on the brain health effects of omega-3 fats in infants, toddlers, adults, and the elderly, but the effects of these fats on malnourished children in this age range was…