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Gut microbes may help malnourished children

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Science  12 Jul 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6449, pp. 109
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6449.109

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Even after starving children get enough to eat again, they often fail to grow. Their brains don't develop properly, and they remain susceptible to diseases, even many years later. Two studies now suggest fostering the right gut microbes may help these children recover. The work also pinpoints combinations of foods that nurture the beneficial microbes. The work was inspired by studies linking the microbes living in our gut—the so-called gut microbiome—to obesity. To do the work, the group established molecular signatures from blood chemicals that are indicative of healthy growth. Most of the new experiments were in animals, but a small group of malnourished children given those foods also showed improved molecular signatures and some beneficial effect on the microbiome.

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