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New proof of concept study: Personalised proteome profiling reveals uniqueness of breast milk

You might already know about the uniqueness of human breast milk (especially if you haven taken our Breast Milk and the Infant Microbiome full course - one of the courses offered by our microbiome acadmy, Microbiome Courses) .... Breast milk is personalised to each lactating person, and unique...

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Week 11 2021 Digest: Four new posts exploring the connections between the gut microbiome and the brain

It's gut-brain week within our online academy, Microbiome Courses! This week's digest has four new tasty snacks of knowledge all about how the gut microbiome and the workings of the brain! Can expressing milk (vs breastfeeding at the breast) affect neurodevelopment? ADHD and green...

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New article: How the gut microbiome during infancy is linked to behavioural outcomes

There is a lot of "scientific heat" right now focusing on the connections between the infant gut microbiome and brain development. But not much is DEFINITELY known for sure. It's a complex jigsaw puzzle. All we have right now are a few key pieces of good quality scientific evidence, but...

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New research: Breastfeeding at the breast (vs expressed milk) may offer advantages for brain function (working memory)

Can expressing milk (vs breastfeeding at the breast) affect a child's neurodevelopment? A fascinating new US study finds that breastfeeding at the breast (vs expressed milk) may benefit some aspects of the child's "executive function" of the brain - so it may be advantageous to a child's...

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New research: The risk of ADHD may be lower in children growing up in greener residential spaces

New research from Denmark finds that children who grew up in areas surrounded by green space were less likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than those who grew up with sparse green vegetation around their home. Or put it another way, those who grew up...

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New research: The potential role of the gut microbiome in neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease

New animal research (in mice) shines a light on the potential role of the gut microbiome in neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease. The study by Kundu P. et al., (2021) published in the journal Scientific Reports is very complex and really not that easy to read (for...

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WEEK 10 2021 DIGEST: "Can I bring a cheese board?" and other unusual birth requests

*** "Can I bring a cheese board?" is quite an unusual birth request... This is the subject of one of our new tasty snacks of knowledge - these are new blog-posts on the science of the microbiome, birth, breastfeeding and (this week) unusual birth requests! Here is this week's digest, with 5...

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Unusual requests at a birth: "Can I bring a cheese board?"

Every day, I post a question to our Facebook group relating to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. The responses from the nearly 4,000 members of our Facebook group are ALWAYS incredibly insightful and wonderfully wise, and I learn so much from other members of the group. For example,...

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New research: The lack of dietary fibre can slow recovery of the gut microbiome

New research reveals the importance of eating dietary fibre for the gut microbiome. The new study reveals the importance of eating fibre to help the gut microbiome recover after 'ecological stress' - for example, the depletion of gut microbes from taking antibiotics. Research by Tanes C. et...

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New podcast: Listen to Toni Harman on the Midwives' Cauldron podcast

I loved being a guest on the Midwives' Cauldron podcast with the wonderful Dr Rachel Reed and Katie James. We talked about the microbiome (obviously), birth, breastfeeding, the super-power of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), getting a cow as a pet plus my new found joy in home...

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