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Lowering lactose and carbs in milk does not help severely malnourished children

Treating hospitalized, severely malnourished children with a lactose-free, reduced-carbohydrate milk formula does not improve clinical outcomes, according to a new study.


Robert H. J. Bandsma, Wieger Voskuijl, Emmanuel Chimwezi, Greg Fegan, André Briend, Johnstone Thitiri, Moses Ngari, Laura Mwalekwa, Victor Bandika, Rehema Ali, Fauzat Hamid, Betty Owor, Neema Mturi, Isabel Potani, Benjamin Allubha, Anneke C. Muller Kobold, Rosalie H. Bartels, Christian J. Versloot, Marjon Feenstra, Deborah A. van den Brink, Patrick F. van Rheenen, Marko Kerac, Celine Bourdon, James A. Berkley. A reduced-carbohydrate and lactose-free formulation for stabilization among hospitalized children with severe acute malnutrition: A double-blind, randomized controlled trial. PLOS Medicine, 2019; 16 (2): e1002747 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002747

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