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Fungi in breast milk

I don't know much about fungi and breast milk, so I learned so much from this paper! Fungi and bacteria colonise the infant gut in parallel in early life, so this is fascinating new research on an often neglected but important component of human milk:...

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Eat more fibre = healthier gut microbiome

This is interesting - this article talks about if you eat more fibre, this helps you have the healthiest possible gut microbiome. Just like the impact of the indigestible special sugars (HMOs) in breast milk! The article is on new research which could explain why COVID-19...

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The infant microbiome and probiotics

(Image of Dr Jennifer Smilowitz) Really good easy-to-understand article in The Scientist by Dr Jennifer Smilowitz (who is featured in our Microbiome Courses) about Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis - a really important type of microbe for colonising the infant gut. In...

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The super-power of breastfeeding

I love reading research that reinforces the super-power of breastfeeding! This really easy-to-read article published in Insider describes a new paper on COVID-19 and breast milk. A small preliminary study (of 15 samples) found mums who recovered from COVID19 have a "strong immune...

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Mother's unique microbes transferred during vaginal birth

Not super easy-to-read (for non-scientists like me) but if you can get through it, it provides a fascinating insight into a mother's unique set of microbes that are transferred to the infant during vaginal birth. The new research paper is from the University of Alabama at...

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Impact on neurodevelopment of stress in pregnancy

A relatively easy-to-read and super-fascinating article in International Business Times (IB TImes) on the impact of stress during pregnancy on neurodevelopment. A new animal study suggests beneficial microbes given to mothers who are stressed during the third trimester could influence the...

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The gut-brain connection

I really like this easy-to-understand article in Medical Express about the interactions between the gut microbiome, the brain and the immune system. Includes a great desciption of how these elements interact to affect mental and physical health. Summed up: "Your gut, your brain and your...

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Perché l'allattamento al seno è così importante per il sistema immunitario del bambino

Perché l'allattamento al seno è così importante per il sistema immunitario del bambino Toni Harman Ieri mattina stavo portando a spasso il cane del mio vicino di casa sulla collina che sovrasta la nostra piccola città sulla costa meridionale dell'Inghilterra. In lontananza il mare scintillava...

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How microbes protect the infant gut

New research shows how infant gut microbes and the metabolites they produce help protect the cells lining the infant gut. From birth, the very early colonisation of the infant gut microbiome is important to ensure the lining of the gut is an effective barrier (a 'leaky gut' has been linked to...

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The Infant Microbiome COVID-19 Project

The Infant Microbiome COVID-19 Project Earlier this week, I had an idea to write an article about how local maternity and infant feeding services have changed in response to COVID-19. I asked people our community on Facebook to share some of their experiences. To be frank, I was shocked by some...

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