Nutrition and the infant gut microbiota (NEW!)

The infant microbiota colonization process runs in parallel with immune system maturation, affecting intestinal physiology and regulation. Accumulating evidence suggests that microbial exposition begins before birth (in utero) and continues after birth. It is shaped by mode of delivery, and...

Everyone's talking about the microbiome:gut:brain axis (NEW!)

The human gut is home to trillions of microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans) with the potential to influence human health. Recently, there has been a surge of scientific and public interest in the possibility that the composition of this community could affect cognitive development...

How does the brain really work? (NEW!)

Over the last decades, epidemiological and interventional studies have shown that nutrition and some specific nutrients impact brain and cognitive development and brain health, functionally and structurally. Moreover, managing nutritional habit through specific diet has a positive impact on...

Predicting the future - new concepts in brain flexibility (NEW!)

Executive function in pre-school aged children has been shown to be a strong predictor of future academic achievement. Therefore, the ability to characterize the maturation/developmental processes of executive function during early brain development could be of paramount importance in cultivating...

Everyone's talking about human milk oligosaccharides (NEW!)

The early-life gut microbiome is important for the development of immune competence in newborn infants. Mode of delivery, perinatal antibiotic use and diet are most influential to this end. Breastfeeding is associated with lower risk of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, and possibly...

Harnessing neuroplasticity through brain exercises to improve learning ability and academic achievement in young children (NEW!)

The structure and function of the human brain are fundamentally shaped after birth by stimulation from the environment. The greater extent of this post-natal neuroplasticity distinguishes humans from all other animals. Computer technology and internet-based delivery make it possible to harness...

ESPGHAN 2014 Q&A

Discussed and addressed questions on supplementations of DHA and sn2 palmitic acid to infant formula.

Healthy eating linked to kids' happiness (NEW!)

Healthy eating is associated with better self-esteem and fewer emotional and peer problems, such as having fewer friends or being picked on or bullied, in children regardless of body weight, according to a new study. Inversely, better self-esteem is associated with better adherence to healthy...

Insufficient evidence to guide recommendations on vitamin D in pregnancy (NEW!)

There is currently insufficient evidence to guide recommendations on the use of vitamin D supplements in pregnancy, conclude researchers in The BMJ today.

Family risk for childhood asthma may involve microbes found in baby's digestive tract (NEW!)

A new University of Alberta study shows that the family risk for asthma - typically passed from moms to babies-may not be a result of genetics alone: it may also involve the microbes found in a baby's digestive tract.
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