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New research: How a baby’s immune system develops over the first 7 days after birth

Fascinating blog article (but not that easy to understand) describing new resarch on how a baby’s innate immune system develops over the first 7 days after birth. The research by Bennike et al., (2020) looked at babies born in Gambia (West Africa) and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The researchers...

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Watch this video of a beaver to reduce your stress levels by 17% (apparently)!

Not to do with microbes directly, but to do with stress levels. If you reduce #stress, this can have a positive impact on the gut #microbiome. Apparently watching this video of a beaver eating cabbage can reduce your stress levels by 17%. It worked for me! Will it work for you? And to...

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New research: A high-sugar diet could promote dysfunction of the gut microbiome

New animal research (in mice) finds high-sugar diet could promote dysfunction of the gut microbiome and IBD development. The study published by Khan et al., in Science Translational Medicine suggests consumption of sugar can disrupt the gut microbiome. It can make animals more susceptible to...

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Opinion: Lessons in microbial diversity from the Hadza of Tanzania

Insightful article explaining about how the Hadza of Tanzania have the richest most diverse gut microbiome of any human group ever studied. Within this group of hunter-gatherers, there is not a single case of autoimmune disease, allergies, heart disease, obesity, diiabetes or cancer. The...

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New dates: 12-19th November for free mini-course on the science of breast milk

NEW DATES 12-19th NOVEMBER!! A FREE MINI-COURSE explaining why human milk oligosaccharides are such an amazing component of breastmilk. Approved for 1 L-CERP (IBLCE) and 1 CPD HOUR (ACM). Reserve your seat now at:>>> https://microbirth.teachable.com/p/breastmilkscien... * Learn...

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New research: Multi-generational damage to the immune system caused by industrial pollution

This is worrying and pretty depressing. New animal research (in mice) finds that if a pregnant mother is exposed to industrial pollution, this can harm the immune system of her baby. And this damage can be passed down to subsequent generations. This could weaken the immune protection in...

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Opinion: Is TikTok the future of educating young people about birth?

I love this. It's fun, effective and quick and it's on TikTok, a social media platform for young people. To me, this could be an ideal platform to teach the next generation about labour and childbirth. The short TikTok video using a balloon and a ping pong ball. The balloon is squeezed and...

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New research: Women in the USA feel less supported during birth due to COVID-19

Not surprising, but still this makes me sad. New research finds that pregnant women in the USA feel less supported during childbirth due to changes in maternity unit practices related to the pandemic. 885 women were included in the study - most were married, White non-Hispanic, in full-time...

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New research: Could a baby’s microbiome start developing as early as 5 months in utero?

The scientists featured in our Microbiome Courses and in our Microbirth film suggest that a human baby develops in a near-sterile environment in the womb. This means a foetus might be exposed to small quantities of microbes before birth. This could involve a kind of “pre-seeding” of the...

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New research: What an expectant mother eats affects her baby's gut microbiome and growth

Wow. Important info for all expectant parents! New research shows what a pregnant mother eats affects her own gut microbiome and also, it helps to shape her baby’s gut microbiome. It also has an effect on infant growth for the first 18 months. This is why nutrition and diet is so important...

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