Printer Friendly

Antibodies in cow's milk.

Human milk contains most of the intestinal antibodies needed by newborn infants, providing them a natural protection against many common infections. But a study at Johns Hookins Medical School in Baltimore shows that cow's milk, like human milk but unlike commercial infant formulas, contains antibodies that protect infants from a common diarrhea virus called rotavirus.

The scientists, who reported their study in the March 7 NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, detected antibodies to rotavirus in both raw and pasteurized cow's milk. Although most infant formulas are made with cow's milk, antibodies are absent, they say, probably because of the high-temperature processing of cow's milk before it is added to formula preparations. Lower temperatures used in simple pasteurization allow many of the antibodies to be retained in pasteurize milk. If rotavirus antibodies could be preserved in infant formula, the researchers say this food also might protect infants from rotavirus-related diarrhea.

Antibodies to rotavirus in cow's milk probably appear because of naturally occurring rotavirus infection in cow herds or vaccination with rotavirus preparations, according to the researchers.
COPYRIGHT 1985 Science Service, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1985, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:found to prevent rotavirus in newborn infants
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 16, 1985
Previous Article:Slave-making ants rob cradle.
Next Article:Breast cancer: death to the radical?

Related Articles
Make mine milk?
Infant diarrhea in research spotlight.
Babies adapt to low-fat mother's milk.
No cow's milk before age 1.
Cow's milk may be hazardous for babies.
Cow's milk not linked to early diabetes.
Breast milk component assails rotavirus.
Cows' milk, diabetes connection bolstered.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters