The gut microbiota of healthy pre-adolescents

24 Sep 2015

by James Versalovic

In this study, Texas researchers investigated the structure, function, and variation of the gut microbiota in healthy children, aged 7-12 years (n = 37).

Some bacteria transfer from mother to child

18 Sep 2015

by Kristina Campbell

One of the probiotic strains was recovered in the stool of the children at 10 days and 3 months of age, but there were no differences between the gut microbiota of the children in the control group and those in the probiotic group at 1 and 2 years of age.

Bifidobacteria colonization in newborns

5 Aug 2015

by GMFH Editing Team

Bifidobacteria is a key marker of a healthy gut flora in infants. A Brazilian study of 49 newborns -- 24 full-term and 25 pre-term (31.2 weeks) -- explored the prevalence and concentration of bifidobacteria in stools of one-month-old newborns using qPCR.

Previous research has shown that adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who adopt a low FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) diet show an improvement in symptoms within 2 days. Would the low FODMAP diet have the same effect in childhood IBS? Does the gut microbiota predict the success of the diet in children who respond to this dietary intervention?