THE INFANT MICROBIOME - MADE EASY!

Easy-to-understand evidence-based courses for health professionals. CE/CPD approved.

New research: Pickles and fermented foods can help prevent mastitis

This is fascinating and really helpful for all expectant and new parents, and for all those support mothers to breastfeed. New research from Turkey finds eating fermented foods helps prevent mastitis. The study found lower incidence of mastitis when the breastfeeding mother ate 6...

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New York Times article: Is staying home harming your child's immune system?

If you're concerned about the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on your child's immune system, then have a read of this really good article in The New York Times. It debates the evidence on whether being inside is harming a child's immune system. Includes a great summary of the latest...

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New research: How antibiotics affects the breastmilk of mothers of preterm babies

Human milk is highly complex, it's personalised to each mother-baby and it changes over time. Now new research shows just how personalised breastmilk is for preterm babies, and how even short courses of antibiotics can have prolonged effects on the diversity and abundance of microbes in a...

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New research: Probiotics and a Mediterranean diet could help manage childhood obesity

New research suggests probiotics can help manage childhood obesity. The research suggests in combination with eating a Mediterranean-style diet, the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium breve may help obese 6-18 year olds lose weight. The small study is being presented at e-ECE 2020, 22nd...

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Opinion: My fears over the over-use of hand sanitizer on the skin microbiome

The longest school holiday ever ended this week. After nearly 6 months of not being at school, my daughter was back with her friends, back to learning, back to routine.... But it will be a completely new routine, one awash with hand-sanitizer. School began with a half-day explanation of the...

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New research: Analyzing gut, skin or oral microbes can predict a person's age

Here's an amazing microbiome-related fact I learned today.... . By analyzing the microbes in a person's gut, skin or mouth, you can roughly predict their age. Think about that for a second. You can roughly tell a person’s age by looking at their microbes! The composition of gut microbes is...

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New research: Antibodies in breast milk could provide passive immunity against Covid19

The amazing power of breast milk! New research finds Coronavirus antibodies in human milk could provide passive immunity to breastfed infants, protecting babies against COVID19 diseases. "The presence of SARS-CoV-2-reactive antibodies in human milk could provide passive immunity to...

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New research: Helps explain why the infant gut microbiome is different in breastfed vs formula-fed

I’ve never heard of this component of human milk before: sphingolipids. It’s a class of lipid metabolite. According to this article, these metabolites help shape the infant microbiome. Now new research (in mice) from Cornell University shows that certain gut microbes take in a common...

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Why I love photos of baby animals with poop on their heads...

I absolutely love cute photos of baby animals with poop on their heads. Today I was sent a link to a Facebook post of a very sweet-looking baby calf with poop on its head. As you can imagine, most of the comments on the Facebook thread were all about someone having a bad day.... But to me, I...

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New research: Exercise for 6 weeks for positive changes to the gut microbiome

New research reveals positive changes in the gut microbiome after cardiovascular exercise for 30-60 minutes 3 times per week for 6 weeks. The gut microbiome returned to normal after exercise was ended after the 6 weeks. “If you want to pick one thing you can do to enhance your health, it...

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