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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Lipid-based Micronutrient Supplements for Infants and Lactating Women
2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To provide the evidence base for improving the vitamin and mineral status of lactating women and their infants.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Measure vitamin and mineral status of lactating women and their infants, given a placebo vs. a micronutrient-rich, lipid-based supplement; existing samples will be used from 300 women-infant pairs in Malawi. Documents Trust with N. Carolina State. Log 39801.


3.Progress Report:

This project relates to Objective 1 of the in-house project to “determine the effects of specific foods, nutrients, and food components that promote health and disease prevention in at-risk populations". We have finished the laboratory analysis of maternal and infant plasma, and breast milk, in this study without encountering any major difficulties. Many new laboratory methods were developed, especially for the analysis of vitamins and minerals in human milk. Our colleagues from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, visited the Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) in July, 2013, to plan the publications from the project. We anticipate that we will be primary or secondary authors on at least 10 publications from this project, one of which is submitted for publication.


Last Modified: 12/21/2014
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