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New research: Diets high in fructose could cause damage to the immune system

Why fructose (found in MANY sweets, sugary drinks and processed foods) is bad for your immune system.... New research suggests diets high in fructose could lead to immune system damage. *** Intake of fructose has increased around the world in recent years. High consumption of...

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New research: Distinct changes occur in the breast milk microbiome between early and established lactation

*** Wow. The wonders of breast milk. Scientists looking at the breast milk of Guatemalan mothers found distinct differences in the bacteria in breast milk between early lactation (6-46 days) versus established lactation (109-184 days). The scientists also found types of bacteria never before...

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WEEK 9 DIGEST: 4 tasty snacks of knowledge on the science of pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding

Here are this week's specially curated 4 new tasty snacks of knowledge on the science of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Covering: Bacteria not detected in meconium before birth (pre-print study} High bacterial diversity in the home may reduce allergic rhinitis Professional, practical...

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New feasibility study: What happens to bacteria when you freeze breast milk?

What happens to bacteria when you freeze breast milk? A new feasibility small study by Shirin Moossavi et al. (20121) is amongst the first to use culture-enriched molecular profiling to study culturable bacteria in breast milk. The research team included Dr Meghan Azad (who is featured...

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New qualitative study: Professional, practical and social support is crucial to start and sustain exclusive breastfeeding

These are shocking statistics for exclusive breastfeeding. Worldwide - (Statistics from UNICEF / WHO Global breastfeeding scorecard 2019) Only 43% of newborns initiate breastfeeding Only 41% of infants are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life . In South Africa: -...

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New research: High bacterial diversity in a baby's home may protect against allergic rhinitis

Interesting new research on babies and the home microbiome.... And possibly the best excuse not to dust! A new study finds that high bacterial diversity in early-life home may protect against allergic rhinitis. As you might already know, microbial exposures in early childhood affect the...

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WEEK 8 DIGEST: 5 new microbiome articles offering tasty snacks of knowledge

Here are this week's specially curated 5 new tasty snacks of knowledge. Happy reading! Covering new research and articles on: Can changing the diet of a breastfeeding mother change the infant microbiome? Pre-eclampsia and the gut microbiome of pregnant mothers Working from home and...

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New research: Meconium does not have detectable bacteria before birth

If you're a midwife, you'll probably know all about meconium. Meconium is a thick, green tar-like substance that lines the baby's gut during pregnancy. Meconium is usually released as the baby's first stool after birth. But sometimes the baby will have a bowel movement before birth -...

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New microbiome art: Microbe Crayon Project - creating a rainbow of bacteria

Who doesn't love a rainbow of colour? And who doesn't love a rainbow of different coloured bacteria? I simply love this blog-post and colourful microbiome-related project by microbiologist Anne A. Madden Ph.D. The Microbe Crayon Project reveals and celebrates the colours of the microbial...

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New review paper: Can changing the diet of a breastfeeding mother change the infant gut microbiome?

This is a really interesting new review paper and a facinating idea. The paper is titled: "Can we modulate the breastfed infant gut microbiota through maternal diet?" In other words - if you change the diet of a breastfeeding mother, can this change the infant gut microbiome? Surprisingly...

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