What you eat while pregnant may affect your baby's gut

mother's diet during pregnancy may have an effect on the composition of her baby's gut microbiome - the community of bacteria living in the gut - and the effect may vary by delivery mode, according to study published in the open access journal Microbiome.

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...

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.

Hot Topics - Maintaining A Healthy Microbiome (NEW!)

Describing the gut as a functional ecosystem and discussing pre- and probiotics, and their current health aspect drivers and emerging health benefits.

Prebiotics And Gut Health: Friends In Low Places (NEW!)

Discussing the influence of the microbiome on digestive and other illnesses and prebiotics’ role in overall health of infants, children, and adults.

Paediatric Applications of Prebiotics (NEW!)

Bacteria are prevalent in the human gut as part of the gut microbiome. Most have a benign effect; however some may cause disorder and others are positive for our health. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are uniquely found in human milk and represent the third largest component. HMO are thought...

The Role of Oligosaccharides on the Immune System and Long-term Outcomes

The viewer should have an augmented understanding of the importance of oligosaccharides in human health.

The Host Defense Proteome Of Human And Bovine Milk

First detailed analysis of milk host defense proteins, important in understanding their function in the development of the immune system.

Mother-to-Infant Transmission of Intestinal Bifidobacterial Strains Has an Impact on the Early Development of Vaginally Delivered Infant’s Microbiota (NEW!)

Reported that the mother’s intestine is an important source for the vaginal delivered infant’s intestinal microbiota that colonize shortly after birth.
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