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Vaginal microbiome and preterm birth

Another important piece of the puzzle on links between the vaginal microbiome and preterm birth. New research shows women who had a preterm birth (before 37 weeks' duration) had a higher diversity of bacteria in their vaginal microbiome than women who gave birth at term. During ...

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New VBAC research: Does it present a true picture of risk?

This week new UK research shows that planned C-section can be "the safest option" for women who have had a previous C-section. But does this research present a true picture of risk? This week's research looks at short term risks for mother and baby and finds that there is a small but increased...

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Why the health of koalas connects with the infant microbiome

This article is about koalas, but stay with me, it directly connects with the infant microbiome.... Just like in humans, koala microbiomes vary by population and contain different species of bacteria with diet being an important factor - "You are what you eat, it seems, even if you’re...

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Largest ever study on neonatal microbiomes

Just published: the largest ever study on neonatal microbiomes. The study published in Nature (Sept 18th, 2019) found babies born by C-section have an altered gut microbiome when compared to babies born vaginally. IMAGE CREDIT By Drizzypal - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,...

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More genes in the collective human microbiome than stars in the universe!

Wow wow wow - new research highlighting the amazingness and wondrous diversity in the human microbiome! It's estimated that there are one billion trillion stars in the observable universe. And guess what? New research finds that "there may be more genes in the...

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List of microbiome-friendly diet suggestions

Brilliant list of microbiome-friendly suggestions for a healthier gut and improved mood from an article by Harvard Medical School on the gut-brain connection. "- Eat whole foods and avoid packaged or processed foods, which are high in unwanted food additives and preservatives...

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Gut microbiome linked to chronic pain

Wow. An amazing microbiome discovery. For the first time, new research shows that changes in the gut microbiome is connected with chronic pain, specifically fibromyalgia. "In a paper published today in the journal Pain, a Montreal-based research team has shown, for the first time, that...

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How social stress can change gut bacteria

Eye-opening new research (using animal models) shows how social stress changes the gut microbiome, which in turn could lead to self-destructive changes in the immune system. This could provide clues for autoimmune disorders which affect 1 in 5 people. The social stress was mice being put...

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Could infants be exposed to small amounts of bacteria in utero?

Fascinating new research finds evidence that a fetus could be exposed to some of the mother's bacteria before birth. The "main seeding event" for founding the infant microbiome happens during birth (after the water's break) with the baby acquiring the mother's vaginal and gut microbes (if...

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Why Lactobacilli bacteria are so crucial to women's reproductive health

Lactobacilli are my favourite bacteria because they are crucial to women's reproductive health. Lactobacilli are the dominant species of bacteria in the vaginal microbiome in healthy women. And they play a crucial role in conception (as discussed within our full 9 hour course) and in pregnancy -...

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