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An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2017

A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.

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Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies. 

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Early-Life Microbiome

By Tracy Vence | June 16, 2016

Analyzing the gut microbiomes of children from birth through toddlerhood, researchers tie compositional changes to birth mode, infant diet, and antibiotic therapy.

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Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach

By Tracy Vence | March 31, 2016

Boston-based Commense plans to develop microbial and nonmicrobial interventions aimed at improving child health.

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Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes

By Rob Knight and Jack Gilbert | March 3, 2016

On “vaginal seeding” and the challenge of evidence-based parenting

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Restoring C-Section Babies’ Microbiota

By Catherine Offord | February 1, 2016

A small pilot study suggests exposure to maternal vaginal fluids could restore infant microbiota following Cesarean-section delivery.

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image: Maturation of the Infant Microbiome

Maturation of the Infant Microbiome

By Kerry Grens | May 13, 2015

Gut microbial communities from breastfed babies are slow to resemble adults’ microbiota.

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Clamping Cords Too Soon?

By Kate Yandell | July 16, 2013

A review study indicates that clamping umbilical cords immediately after birth, rather than waiting a few minutes, may increase the risk of iron and hemoglobin deficiency in infants.

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