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Breastfeeding 'lowers risk' of developing Alzheimer's.

MOTHERS who breastfeed their children may have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease, according to a new study. The report, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests that the link may be to do with certain biological effects of breastfeeding and that longer periods of breastfeeding lowered the overall risk.

Previous studies have established that breastfeeding can reduce a mother's risk of other diseases but until now little has been done to examine the impact of breastfeeding duration on Alzheimer's risk.

Dr Molly Fox, from the department of biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge, led the study.

She said: "Alzheimer's is the world's most common cognitive disorder and it already affects 35.6 million people. In the future, we expect it to spread most in low and middle-income countries.

"So it is vital that we develop low-cost, large-scale strategies to protect people against this devastating disease."

Researchers used data gathered from a very small group of 81 British women.
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Date:Aug 6, 2013
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