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Necrotizing enterocolitis in infants: could breast milk and gut microbiota have a protective role?

The composition of human breast milk and the development of the gut microbiota in the first weeks of life appear intrinsically linked, with both influencing the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants. A major cause of death and serious morbidity in premature infants born befor...
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Infant microbiota: the breast milk feeding mode counts

Among other factors, the use of a breast pump seems to be less beneficial for the health and development of newborns than breastfeeding, according to a Canadian study focusing on the composition of breast milk microbiota.   Breast milk is not sterile and the flora it hosts contributes to ...
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Is the heart of the fetus under the influence of its own gut microbiota?

An Italian team suggests that gut bacteria of the fetus could promote or hinder, depending on the species, cardiac growth of the future newborn. This is an additional parameter which should be taken into account for a healthy pregnancy.   The hypothesis of a sterile in utero environment w...
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