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Type Journal Article - The American journal of clinical nutrition
Title Mineral-and vitamin-enhanced micronutrient powder reduces stunting in full-term low-birth-weight infants receiving nutrition, health, and hygiene education: a 2$\times$ 2 factorial, cluster-randomized trial in Bangladesh
Volume 103
Issue 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 1357-1369
URL http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/103/5/1357.full
Background: The causes of stunting are complex but likely include prenatal effects, inadequate postnatal nutrient intake, and recurrent infections. Low-birth-weight (LBW) infants are at high risk of stunting. More than 25% of live births in low- and middle-income countries are at full term with low birth weight (FT-LBW). Evidence on the efficacy of specific interventions to enhance growth in this vulnerable group remains scant.

Objective: We investigated the independent and combined effects of a directed use of a water-based hand sanitizer (HS) and a mineral- and vitamin-enhanced micronutrient powder (MNP) (22 minerals and vitamins) to prevent infections and improve nutrient intake to reduce stunting in FT-LBW infants.

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