Bangladesh Study Provides Proof of Zinc’s Benefits
A two-year, community-based trial in rural Bangladesh, which included 30 health worker areas and nearly 12,000 child years of observation, further proved that zinc supplementation is effective in the treatment of diarrhea. Children living in areas where zinc supplementation was recommended in conjunction with ORS therapy had a 23% shorter duration of diarrhea episodes than children living in areas where ORS therapy alone was the accepted treatment. The children living in zinc-supplemented areas also experienced a shorter duration of persistent diarrhea illness, fewer days of illness attributed to acute lower respiratory infections, and fewer hospitalizations.
Article Sheds Light on Critical Problem of Malnutrition in India
A recent news article in the national dailies shares dozens of statistics on the fate of those who go hungry in India, a problem dubbed “a national shame,” yet one which seems to garner little action from politicians.
Zinc kills pneumonia-causing bacteria by starving it to death
Researchers describe how zinc “jams shut” a protein transporter in bacteria so that it cannot take up nutrients it needs, preventing it from infecting–and sometimes killing–millions of people annually.