The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Might eating fish protect infants from eczema?

    Researchers from Sweden studied the effects of foods and other factors on the risk of eczema at 1 year of age.

    First, the details.

    • 8176 families received a questionnaire when their child was 6 months of age.
    • Families that agreed to participate received another questionnaire when the babies were 12 months old.
    • 60% completed both questionnaires.

    And, the results.

    • At one year of age, 21% of the infants had previous or current eczema starting at 4 months of age.
    • A history of eczema in the family, especially in siblings or the mother, was a significant risk factor.
    • There were significant benefits of introducing fish before 9 months of age.
    • Short-term breast-feeding, the age at which milk or eggs were introduced, a cat or dog in the home, or parental smoking had no effect on the risk of eczema.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Beneficial effects were seen from introducing fish before 9 months of age.”

    There was no association between specific types of fish and eczema, making it “somewhat difficult to ascribe the effect to omega-3 fatty acids alone.”

    Medpage has a detailed review of the results.

    9/26/08 20:20 JR

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