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

Abstract

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

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Hania Szajewska 2015 WN Global Summit

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Human breast milk contains unique components that promote the healthy growth and development of the young infant. This presentation will explore one of these components in detail and describe how our improved understanding has been applied to the design of modern infant formulas.

Discussion will be devoted to Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs): what they are, how prevalent they are in human milk, and the mechanisms by which they protect the young infant. Prof. Szajewska will then explain how our understanding of HMOs lead to the inclusion of various prebiotics in infant formulas and will review existing evidence that shows the additional health outcomes associated with their addition.

The effects of prebiotics on outcomes such as the frequency of a variety of common pediatric infections, the prevention of allergy, and the prevention of atopic dermatitis will be discussed. The viewer should have an augmented understanding of the importance of oligosaccharides in human health.

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