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"" New Park Honoring Cancer Survivors Opens ""
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"" Increase in Autism Cases is Real, Report Finds ""
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  Breastfeeding Boosts Baby's Resistance to Respiratory Illnesses  
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  Grant Supports Rural Areas in Helping Children with Autism  
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  Study Shows Syringe-Exchange Reduces HIV Risk Behavior  
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  Consumers: UC Davis Medical Center has Highest Quality in Sacramento  
     
  Handgun Study to Fortify Crime Prevention Efforts  
     
  UC Medical Center Ranks Among Country's Top 50 Hospitals  
     
  Unique Program Aims to Get Pediatricians into Communities  
     
  New Predictor of Heart Disease Risk Causes Vessel Damage, Plaque Formation  
     
  Center for Perinatal Medicine and Law Established  
     
  UC Davis Study Identifies Promising Epilepsy Treatment  
     
  UC Davis Study Finds Eye Drops Delay Onset of Glaucoma  
     
  M.I.N.D. Institute Seeks Diagnostic Test for Autism  
     
  New Chair of Microbiology, Immunology Named  
     
  Career Satisfaction Varies by Specialty, Geographic Region  
     
  New Chair of Biological Chemistry Appointed  
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Summer 2003 Issue
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BREASTFEEDING BOOSTS BABY'S RESISTANCE TO RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES

Babies who are fully breastfed for six months are less likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses than babies fully breastfed for only four months, according to UC Davis researcher Caroline Chantry.

In a survey of 2,277 children between the ages of 6 and 24 months, Chantry found an additional two months of full breastfeeding substantially increases an infant's protection against pneumonia and recurrent ear infections.

"This finding, coupled with the proven increased protection babies receive against gastrointestinal infections, adds to the mounting evidence that the longer a mother breastfeeds her infant, the greater the health benefits," she said. 

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