Category : Pregnancy & Early life

Until not so long, it was thought that disturbances in gut microbiota, what is medically called ‘dysbiosis’, were associated to disease. Nevertheless, scientists have discovered that there is a particular period in life where changes reveal to be key to health, and that moment is pregnancy. Researcher Omry Koren, from Bar Ilan University, in Israel, studies what happens to microbiota…

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Until not so long, it was thought that disturbances in gut microbiota, what is medically called ‘dysbiosis’, were associated to disease. Nevertheless, scientists have discovered that there is a particular period in life where changes reveal to be key to health, and that moment is pregnancy. Researcher Omry Koren, from Bar Ilan University, in Israel, studies what happens to microbiota…

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For a long time, babies were thought to be born germ-free. Now we know they carry some bacteria and that the delivery mode can influence the microbiota they are starting life with and even their health. Researcher José Clemente, assistant professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, investigates whether we can revert the effects…

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For a long time, babies were thought to be born germ-free. Now we know they carry some bacteria and that the delivery mode can influence the microbiota they are starting life with and even their health. Researcher José Clemente, assistant professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, investigates whether we can revert the effects…

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Although breast milk is a baby's first food, it also contains certain compounds – especially some fibres and oligosaccharides –that are not meant for the infant but for an army of bacterial diners that start colonising the child's gut at birth. “Breast milk's first impact is to favour the colonisation of the gut by specific bacterial groups that can digest these…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Although breast milk is a baby's first food, it also contains certain compounds – especially some fibres and oligosaccharides –that are not meant for the infant but for an army of bacterial diners that start colonising the child's gut at birth. “Breast milk's first impact is to favour the colonisation of the gut by specific bacterial groups that can digest these…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Babies are born with immature immune systems. Until now, it was believed that the birth process was the first opportunity for microorganisms from the mother to colonize the baby’s gut and, thus, to shape the immune system. Now, a team formed by German and Swiss scientists have discovered that this interaction with the baby’s immune system starts much earlier than…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Babies are born with immature immune systems. Until now, it was believed that the birth process was the first opportunity for microorganisms from the mother to colonize the baby’s gut and, thus, to shape the immune system. Now, a team formed by German and Swiss scientists have discovered that this interaction with the baby’s immune system starts much earlier than…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

In some countries like the United Kingdom and the United States, a practice among parents has become fashionable in recent months in which those who have just had a child via Caesarean section swab their newborn with the mother's vaginal fluids. This is known as 'vaginal seeding'. The aim of this practice is to try and restore the normal colonisation…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

In some countries like the United Kingdom and the United States, a practice among parents has become fashionable in recent months in which those who have just had a child via Caesarean section swab their newborn with the mother's vaginal fluids. This is known as 'vaginal seeding'. The aim of this practice is to try and restore the normal colonisation…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Nearly 3.1 million children under five die every year due to poor nutrition, according to the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. One in six infants (roughly 100 million) is underweight and the growth of 25% of children worldwide is stunted, a disabling consequence of malnutrition and frequent or persistent infections that undermine children's health and…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Nearly 3.1 million children under five die every year due to poor nutrition, according to the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. One in six infants (roughly 100 million) is underweight and the growth of 25% of children worldwide is stunted, a disabling consequence of malnutrition and frequent or persistent infections that undermine children's health and…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

A baby’s diaper may not be the most pleasant thing to look at, but what it contains can provide doctors with a hint about whether that child may develop asthma later in life, thus allowing them to start treating him or her in order to prevent the disease. Researchers have found that four bacteria found in the faeces of a…

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A baby’s diaper may not be the most pleasant thing to look at, but what it contains can provide doctors with a hint about whether that child may develop asthma later in life, thus allowing them to start treating him or her in order to prevent the disease. Researchers have found that four bacteria found in the faeces of a…

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What is the origin of our gut microbiota? How is it formed in newborns? How is it affected by breastfeeding? How does it evolve throughout our lifetime? You must have asked yourself these questions more than once... Well, during the 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2015, we had the opportunity to interview Professor Brent Polk, Chair of the…

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What is the origin of our gut microbiota? How is it formed in newborns? How is it affected by breastfeeding? How does it evolve throughout our lifetime? You must have asked yourself these questions more than once... Well, during the 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2015, we had the opportunity to interview Professor Brent Polk, Chair of the…

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For some time, science has known that exposure to vaginal microbiota is crucial for newborn health. When babies pass through the birth canal, they get a healthy dose of the mother’s bacteria that helps them establish their own collection of microbes and turn on their immune system. However, stress during pregnancy may alter the mother’s microbiome and that can interfere…

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For some time, science has known that exposure to vaginal microbiota is crucial for newborn health. When babies pass through the birth canal, they get a healthy dose of the mother’s bacteria that helps them establish their own collection of microbes and turn on their immune system. However, stress during pregnancy may alter the mother’s microbiome and that can interfere…

GMFH Editing Team
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Digestion is extraordinarily complex, and there is a long list of ways it can go wrong. From constipation to bloating, digestive disorders can cause significant distress for infants and children as they develop. Fortunately, with emerging research on the microbiota, doctors, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals have a growing list of science-based strategies to use in addressing these problems. Healthcare…

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Digestion is extraordinarily complex, and there is a long list of ways it can go wrong. From constipation to bloating, digestive disorders can cause significant distress for infants and children as they develop. Fortunately, with emerging research on the microbiota, doctors, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals have a growing list of science-based strategies to use in addressing these problems. Healthcare…

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