Study: Breastfeeding May Prevent Obesity

A new study suggests that breastfeeding may prevent obesity.

A new study suggests that breastfeeding may result in lower rates of obesity.

By Swahili Scientists

Breastfeeding may reduce the likelihood of child obesity, according to new research from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Based upon a study that was led by WHO in Europe and the National Institute of Health in Portugal, infants who are never breastfed are 22 percent more likely to end up obese, while those who are exclusively breastfed for at least six months are 25 percent less likely to be obese.

This study, which was published in “Obesity Facts” and presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity, obtained data from approximately 30,000 children in 22 countries in connection with the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative, according to the Guardian.

The study indicates that breastfeeding has a “protective effect” against obesity, which increases the longer a child is breastfed. To illustrate this point, children who were breastfed for at least six months (even children who were also fed formula) still had a 22 percent reduced risk of obesity. Therefore, there appears to be a minimum threshold before breastfeeding becomes beneficial, given that children who were breastfed for less than six months were 12 percent more at risk of becoming obese.

However, the babies that had the lowest risk of obesity in the study were those that only received breast milk directly from the breast for the first three months of life, according to “Harvard Health.”

The researchers suggested that this happens because protein-heavy formula, which comes from cows’ milk, can lead to higher blood insulin levels and stimulate fat cell growth, while breast milk contains hormones that will regulate energy balance throughout life. The researchers also note that breastfeeding could delay the introduction of energy-dense solid foods into a baby’s diet, the Guardian reported.

Therefore, the WHO recommends that mothers should breastfeed exclusively for their baby’s first six months before combining breast milk with complementary foods until they are at least two years old. Additionally, WHO set a goal to increase the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months to 50 percent by 2025.

New Hampshire Dirty Cop List Made Public

By Malcolm Speaks

A recent court ruling threatens to release a list of poice officers who lack credibility.

A recent court ruling threatens to release a list of New Hampshire police officers who have  credibility issues.

A superior court judge issued an order last Tuesday for the release of the names of approximately 250 New Hampshire law enforcement officers who may have credibility issues.

The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, along with several newspapers and the ACLU of New Hampshire, all sued the New Hampshire Department of Justice in order for it to release the infamous “Laurie List” under the state’s Right to Know law.

The Department of Justice argued that this list, which is also known as the “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule,” or EES, is confidential because it contains personnel-related information, which is generally shielded from disclosure.

In his ruling, Judge Charles Temple wrote that since there is no “employee-employer relationship” between the officers who work for local police departments, and the DOJ, the records could not be considered personnel-related. Therefore, the EES “is not a personnel file within the meaning of the statute,” according to Judge Temple.

The state has retained such a list since 1995 in order to notify defendants in criminal cases when an officer with possible credibility issues is involved, as required by law.

However, during oral arguments in the case last October, New Hampshire Solicitor General Dan Will, argued that “per legislative directive, this is strictly confidential stuff.”

But the court cited a previous ruling that the state’s Right to Know law is meant to ensure “the greatest possible public access” to information and thus, sided with the petitioners.

“When you keep information like this secret, it creates distrust and suspicion,” stated Gilles Bissonnette of the New Hampshire ACLU. “It’s bad for the public, it’s bad for police. It is really critical that we don’t undermine faith and confidence in law enforcement, but that’s what secrecy does.”

The Attorney General’s office could appeal the decision in the state Supreme Court. However, the Solicitor General, in a statement said, “the Court did not order the immediate production of an unredacted EES. The Court’s order is not a final order in the case and, therefore, is not subject to immediate appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.”

Nevertheless, in a statement, Nancy West of the N.H. Center for Public Interest Journalism, said, “I hope this means we will be able to publish the full unredacted Laurie List right away.”

Stenger Resigns Following Corruption Indictment

Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger appears in court on Monday.

Embattled former Saint Louis County Executive Steve Stenger appears in court on Monday with his attorney.

By MCNS Staff

The former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is the target of a yearlong undercover federal investigation into the political favors he traded for campaign contributions. Stenger was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges of theft of honest services.

Reports indicate the indictment was unsealed Monday as Stenger resigned in a letter to County Counselor Peter Krane, writing that “it is in the best interest of our County and my family.”

The St. Louis County Council met Monday night and selected council chairman Sam Page to fill the vacated executive seat until the November 2020 election. The county charter states the County Council has to choose a replacement from the same political party as the outgoing executive; Stenger is a Democrat. Councilwoman Hazel Erby was the lone opposition to Page’s appointment.

Reports indicate Stenger appeared in US District Court at 1pm on Monday with famed local lawyer Scott Rosenblum. The judge entered a not guilty plea for the former county executive. Stenger was released without bail. If convicted, he could spend at least 5 years in prison and has agreed to surrender his law license.

According to stltoday.com, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith told reporters the indictment was the result of an investigation that began in early 2018 that involved his staff, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the IRS criminal investigations unit. He said the investigation was continuing.

Controversial STL County NAACP President Suspended

By Free Radical

John Gaskin, was unceremoniously suspended from his role as president of the St. Louis County NAACP.

John Gaskin, was from his position as president of the St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP.

John Gaskin III, who was selected as the head of the St. Louis County NAACP late last year, has been suspended from this post. On Thursday, Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the national NAACP, took this punitive action against Gaskin for the latter’s controversial stance on several issues.

Johnson’s letter specifically cited Gaskin for pledging the local organization’s support for legislation that would weaken Title IX protections against victims of sexual abuse on Missouri’s college campuses. The national group has demonstrated unyielding support of Title IX since its inception. The Missouri bill is part of a national movement pushed by conservatives to safeguard students accused of sexual assault.

The Kansas City Star has reported that lobbyist Richard McIntosh is the primary author of the Missouri legislation. Perhaps it is no coincidence that his son was expelled from Washington University following a Title IX violation.

Gaskin also found himself in hot water over his advocacy for the privately-funded Better Together plan to merge St. Louis City and County. The proposal has been derided by most local Black officials as a means to dilute Black political power. However, Gaskin did not only give his personal support of the plan, he also made it the official position of the St. Louis County NAACP, to the astonishment to even some of its board members.

Gaskin made matters worse by disclosing to members of the NAACP and the general public that he was a paid consultant for Unite STL. Unite STL is the campaign arm of Better Together.

In his statement to Gaskin, Johnson expressed, “Given the importance of these issues to the NAACP and the communities we represent, I have concluded that the conduct described above is inimical to the best interest of the Association and presents a danger of irreparable harm to the Association and the St. Louis County Branch.”

As is due process, Gaskin can respond to his suspension in a hearing. He has not publicly stated if he intended to do so by the time of press.