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Mounting evidence suggests that the first few months of life are critical for the development of obesity. The relationships between the timing of solid food introduction and the risk of childhood obesity have been examined previously; however, evidence for the association of timing of infant formula introduction remains scarce. This study aimed to examine whether the timing of infant formula introduction is associated with growth z-scores and overweight at ages 1 and 3 years. This study included 5733 full-term (≥ 37 gestational weeks) and normal birth weight (≥ 2500 and < 4000 g) children in the Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study, a prospective cohort study with data collected at 6 weeks, 6, 12 and 36 months. Compared with infant formula introduction at 0–3 months, introduction at 4–6 months was associated with the lower BMI, weight-for-age and weight-for-length z-scores at 1 and 3 years old. Also, introduction at 4–6 months was associated with the lower odds of at-risk of overweight at age 1 (adjusted OR 0·72, 95 % CI 0·55, 0·94) and 3 years (adjusted OR 0·50, 95 % CI 0·30, 0·85). Introduction at 4–6 months also decreased the odds of overweight at age 1 year (adjusted OR 0·42, 95 % CI 0·21, 0·84) but not at age 3 years. Based on our findings, compared with introduction within the first 3 months, introduction at 4–6 months has a reduction on later high BMI risk and at-risk of overweight. However, these results need to be replicated in other well-designed studies before more firm recommendations can be made.
Ball milling induced the formation of nanocrystalline and amorphization phase in Fe–25.68% Dy2O3 powder mixtures (mass fraction, %). The microstructure was investigated by using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The transformation of Dy2O3 from cubic to monoclinic crystal structure and then to the amorphization was observed during ball milling. A few Dy atoms were dissolved into Fe crystal structure, which was discussed using mechanical kinetics. After 48 h of ball milling, the homogenous mixtures of supersaturated nanocrystalline solid solution of Fe (Dy, O) and Dy2O3 amorphization were formed and the elements of Fe, Dy, and O were distributed uniformly in the ball-milled particles. During the whole ball mining process, a rapid decrease in Fe grain size was observed over the initial time period, while a constant value was presented in later stage, resulting in a final size of about 20 nm. The mechanism of the microstructural evolution of powder mixtures was analyzed and discussed.
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