Study in Bangladesh Finds Maternal Vitamin D Supplementation Does Not Improve Infant Growth

Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy and lactation does not affect fetal or infant growth up to one year of age, according to the results of the Maternal Vitamin D for Infant Growth (MDIG) trial. This randomized, controlled trial in Bangladesh was led by researchers at the University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children and the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).
Aug 9 / 2018

Portfolio Diet Lowers Many Risk Factors for Heart Disease

University of Toronto researchers have found that the portfolio diet, a plant-based way of eating previously shown to lower cholesterol levels, reduces other risk factors for cardiovascular disease including blood pressure, triglycerides and inflammation.
Jul 27 / 2018

Summer Update and the Year Ahead

Welcome to our second bi-annual newsletter of the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition. At this time of summer rest and renewal in Canada, I am delighted to update you again with highlights of the Lawson Centre’s recent work. Even with fewer classes and students on campus, and with staff and faculty taking well-earned vacation, the value of the Lawson Centre’s ongoing efforts remain clear.
Jul 20 / 2018

Child Health Protection Act Just the Start of Healthier Food Environments for Kids

You’re shopping for groceries and suddenly your child is begging for the sugar-loaded fruit-flavoured snack with Despicable Me 3 on the package. Or it’s movie night at home, but your kids keep asking for the toaster strudel in the freezer, inspired by a TV ad of the Pillsbury Doughboy. What parent hasn’t had similar experiences, over and over again?
Jul 16 / 2018


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