Babies’ gut bacteria affected by delivery method, Baby Biome project shows

Babies born vaginally have different gut bacteria—their microbiome—than those delivered by Caesarean, research has shown. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UCL, the University of Birmingham and their collaborators discovered that whereas vaginally born babies got most of their gut bacteria from their mother, babies born via caesarean did not, Continue Reading

When is a child an adult?

When does childhood end? That’s the question international researchers are asking as they chart age cut-offs for paediatric services around the world. Adolescent Health Professor at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne Susan Sawyer says previous research has found that global health systems do not meet Continue Reading

Promising drug candidate could stop malaria parasites at multiple stages

Redesigning molecules originally developed to treat the skin disease psoriasis could lead to an effective new drug against malaria, according to an international team of researchers. The team modified a class of molecules called pantothenamides to increase their stability in humans. The new compounds stop the malaria parasite from replicating Continue Reading

Healthy drinks, healthy kids: First-ever consensus on recommendations for young children

Leading medical and nutrition organizations recommend breast milk, infant formula, water, and plain milk as part of a new set of comprehensive beverage recommendations for children, outlined by age (birth through age 5). They caution against beverages that are sources of added sugars in young children’s diets, including flavored milks Continue Reading