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The empiric use of palm kernel oil in neonatal skin care: Justifiable or not?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22139548     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Palm kernel oil is a vegetable oil derived from Elaeis guineensis and widely used in neonatal settings for skin care. It is a good emollient with a beneficial effect in moisturizing the skin and preventing transdermal heat and water loss. However, it's putative roles in the prevention or treatment of fatty acid defificiency is still controversial. So is its function in the improvement of neurological development from its longchain polyunsaturated fatty acids? We set out in this review to verify whether its empiric use in this context has any scientific justification and is recommendable. Although there is evidence that it has emollient and moisturizing properties necessary for softening the skin and restoring elasticity, controversy subsists on its other nutritional and neurodevelopmental properties.
Authors:
Andreas Chiabi; Maguerite Hortence Kenmogne; Seraphin Nguefack; Bolaji Obadeyi; Evelyne Mah; Franck Zeh Meka; Pierre-Fernand Tchokoteu; Elie Mbonda; Tetanye Ekoe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-12-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chinese journal of integrative medicine     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1672-0415     ISO Abbreviation:  Chin J Integr Med     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101181180     Medline TA:  Chin J Integr Med     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  950-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital, P.O. Box 4362, Yaounder, Cameroon, andy_Chiabi@yahoo.co.hk.
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