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Probiotic shows encouraging results in
reducing early childhood eczema rates
A probiotic developed from dairy
cultures by Fonterra Nutrition
has been shown to have signifi-
cant long-term benefits for
children suffering from eczema.
The condition affects about one
in five children in New Zealand,
and has reported childhood
prevalence rates of up to 20.5 per
cent in some countries world-
Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001
was shown in a previous trial to
help reduce the occurrence of
eczema symptoms in children by
almost 50 per cent when they
took the probiotic up to two
years of age.
Now, a follow-up study published
in the respected international
journal Clinical and Experimen-
tal Allergy has shown that this
reduction in symptoms con-
tinues through to four years old,
even though the children stopped
taking the probiotic at two years
Fonterra Nutrition senior
research scientist James Dekker
said the results indicate that
Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001
may be able to modify the
immune system early in a child's
development. This could possibly
deliver long-term benefits with
no discernable side effects.
''Eczema affects millions of
children worldwide, with around
half the cases being diagnosed
before one year of age.
''The long-term benefits shown
by Lactobacillus rhamnosus
HN001 are extremely encourag-
ing and are particularly relevant
in New Zealand, which has one
of the highest incidence rates of
eczema in the world,'' said Dr
The study was carried out by the
University of Otago's Wellington
Asthma Research Group.
Funding for the research was
provided by the New Zealand
Health Research Council and
Farmer confidence has continued to slide and
remains in negative territory as the strong Kiwi
dollar and lower commodity prices dampen rural
expectations, says Rabobank.
The latest quarterly Rabobank rural confidence
survey conducted late last month found 44 per
cent of the country's farmers expect the
agricultural economy to worsen over the next 12
months. This compared with 36 per cent in the
previous quarter and 10 per cent at the same time
Just 15 per cent expected economic conditions to
Rabobank New Zealand chief executive Ben
Russell said that while farm confidence had been
on a downward slope since March last year, the
latest survey was the first to show farmers now
expected a greater negative impact on their own
It found 42 per cent of farmers expected their own
business performance to worsen over the next 12
months compared with 29 per cent in the previous
quarter, he said.
The high New Zealand dollar and falling
commodity prices were the main triggers for
farmers' falling confidence, cited by 50 per cent of
farmers who expected conditions to worsen.
Overseas market conditions and rising farm costs
were also a concern.
Among those farmers who had a positive outlook,
confidence was driven by the expectation of
positive effects to New Zealand agriculture from
the US drought and tight food supplies globally.
Beef and sheep farmers had the lowest levels of
confidence of all farmers. Dairy farmer sentiment
lifted slightly from the midwinter doldrums of the
previous survey, said Russell.
Kiwifruit growers were increasingly concerned in
the quarter about the impact of the disease Psa-V.
Horticulture sector confidence generally declined
again with 43 per cent of growers expecting their
business performance to worsen.
The viability of a meat processing plant on the
Chatham Islands will be decided by its farmers
later this month following the completion of a
study into the feasibility of the facility.
The study was finished last Friday and will soon
be presented to the Chatham Islands Enterprise
From there it will be discussed with the islands'
farmers and other interest groups over the next
fortnight, Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust chief
executive Brian Harris said.
The report outlined several scenarios for the
future of livestock processing on the islands,
including the construction of a processing plant
and dressing carcasses on the islands.
All Chatham livestock is shipped to the mainland,
where it is sold at the Temuka Saleyards or in
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