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Childhood immune system: the benefits of vaginal delivery

Vaginal delivery promotes the transmission of maternal microbiota, whose composition is involved in the development of newborns’ immune system, especially through the lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis pathway.   19.1% of deliveries worldwide are performed by C-section. This number rises to ...
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Microbiota of newborns: maternal bacteria have the upper hand

For the first time, researchers analyzed in detail the transmission of microbiomes from mother to newborn baby. Intestinal bacteria from the mother seem to be more prone to durably colonize the newborn’s oral and intestinal microbiotas.   Considering that the microbiome is shaped during t...
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Inherited excess weight: intestinal microbiota and mode of delivery act in concert

A mother can transmit her excess weight to her child. Canadian researchers describe how the mode of delivery and certain modifications of the child’s intestinal microbiota could act together in this weight transfer.   Children born to a mother who is herself overweight or obese (OWOB) bef...
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