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Breastfeeding Diet and Weight Loss Infant's Health
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Infant gut microbes have their own circadian rhythm, and diet has little impact on how the microbiome assembles      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Infant gut microbiomes oscillate with a circadian rhythm, even when they are cultivated outside of the body. Researchers report that the rhythm is detectable as early as 2 weeks after birth but becomes more pronounced with age. The finding comes from a randomized controlled trial that also showed that diet has less impact on the development and composition of the infant microbiome than previously thought.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health Nutrition Today's Healthcare
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Infant health suffered during baby formula shortage      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A survey by UC Davis researchers shows the U.S. baby formula shortage in 2022 led 81% of parents to switch brands or types, causing health effects for babies.

Diet and Weight Loss Dietary Supplements and Minerals Nutrition Vegetarian
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For a healthy fruit snack, what would you choose?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Next time you're packing lunch for your kid or reaching for a healthy afternoon bite, consider this: only three types of packaged fruit snacks -- dried fruit, fruit puree and canned fruit with juice -- meet the latest recommendations for high-nutrition snacks set by federal dietary guidelines, according to food scientists.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health
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Breastfeeding after COVID-19 booster can give babies antibodies      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A recently published study that shows lactating mothers who get the COVID-19 booster pass along the antibodies to their children via their breast milk -- and potentially protect babies too young to receive the vaccine.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Obesity Vegetarian
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Switching to vegan or ketogenic diet rapidly impacts immune system      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have observed rapid and distinct immune system changes in a small study of people who switched to a vegan or a ketogenic (also called keto) diet. Scientists closely monitored various biological responses of people sequentially eating vegan and keto diets for two weeks, in random order. They found that the vegan diet prompted responses linked to innate immunity -- the body's non-specific first line of defense against pathogens -- while the keto diet prompted responses associated with adaptive immunity -- pathogen-specific immunity built through exposures in daily life and vaccination. Metabolic changes and shifts in the participants' microbiomes -- communities of bacteria living in the gut -- were also observed.

Vegetarian
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Natural compounds derived from soy and other plants reduce breast cancer recurrence and improve survival      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Soy compounds called isoflavones are among the plant-derived compounds that may significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence or death, according to a new meta-analysis.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health Today's Healthcare
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Study on extremely preterm infants provides important healthcare knowledge      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Infants born extremely prematurely need to get enrichment as an addition to breast milk. But does it make any difference whether the enrichment is made from breast milk or cow's milk when it comes to the risk of severe complications in children?

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Parenting
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Breastfeeding alters infant gut in ways that boost brain development, may improve test scores      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Breastfeeding, even partially alongside formula feeding, changes the chemical makeup -- or metabolome -- of an infant's gut in ways that positively influence brain development and may boost test scores years later, suggests new research.  

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Parenting
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Mothers need more 'exclusive breastfeeding' support      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is proven to protect both mother and child health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 2015 and 2021, 48% of mothers exclusively breastfed, meaning that their babies were not given any other food or liquids. However, this figure is based on data collected from surveys which report what a child was given in the previous 24 hours. A research team has found that this '24-hour recall' method overestimates exclusive breastfeeding by about six times compared to a 'since-birth recall' method.

Breastfeeding Child Development Dietary Supplements and Minerals Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Nutrition Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth Vitamin Women's Health - General
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How pre- and postnatal B-12 vitamins improve breast milk vitamin B-12 levels, which supports infant brain development      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

According to a new study B-12 vitamins increase the presence of the micronutrient in mothers' breast milk, which is especially helpful in countries where it can be difficult to eat what is needed for the body to produce B-12 naturally.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Obesity Vegetarian
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Twin research indicates that a vegan diet improves cardiovascular health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A recent trial of identical twins comparing vegan and omnivore diets found that a vegan diet improves overall cardiovascular health.

Nutrition Vegetarian
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Study suggests even more reasons to eat your fiber      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Health professionals have long praised the benefits of insoluble fiber for bowel regularity and overall health. New research suggests even more reasons we should be prioritizing fiber in our regular diets. Researchers found that each plant source of insoluble fiber contains unique bioactives -- compounds that have been linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes -- offering potential health benefits beyond those of the fiber itself. 

Nutrition Vegetarian
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The microbiome of fruit and vegetables positively influences diversity in the gut      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In a meta-study, a research team has provided evidence that the consumption of fruit and vegetables contributes positively to bacterial diversity in the human gut.

Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Nutrition Vegetarian
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Being a vegetarian may be partly in your genes      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A person's genetic makeup plays a role in determining whether they can stick to a strict vegetarian diet, a new study has found. The findings open the door to further studies that could have important implications regarding dietary recommendations and the production of meat substitutes.

Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Nutrition Obesity Staying Healthy Vegetarian
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A quarter of people are undoing the benefits of healthy meals by unhealthy snacking      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A quarter of people are undoing the benefits of healthy meals with unhealthy snacks, which increases the risk of strokes and cardiovascular disease.

Breastfeeding Child Development Children's Health Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Nutrition Parenting
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Adding complex component of milk to infant formula confers long-term cognitive benefits for bottle-fed babies      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research has shown how a complex component of milk that can be added to infant formula has been shown to confer long-term cognitive benefits, including measures of intelligence and executive function in children.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health
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Breastfeeding is associated with a 33% reduction in first-year post-perinatal infant mortality      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Among nearly 10 million US infants born between 2016 and 2018, breastfed babies were 33% less likely to die during the post-perinatal period (day 7-364) than infants who were not breastfed, reports a new study. The findings build on previous US research with smaller datasets, which documented the association between the initiation of breastfeeding and the reduction of post-perinatal infant mortality by a range of 19% to 26%.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health
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Each mom passes unique set of breast milk antibodies to baby      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Breast milk from each individual contains a unique assemblage of antibodies that are surprisingly stable throughout lactation and across pregnancies, according to a new study.

Diet and Weight Loss Obesity Staying Healthy Vegetarian
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Global diet study challenges advice to limit high-fat dairy foods      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Unprocessed red meat and whole grains can be included or left out of a healthy diet, according to a study conducted in 80 countries across all inhabited continents. Diets emphasizing fruit, vegetables, dairy (mainly whole-fat), nuts, legumes and fish were linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and premature death in all world regions. The addition of unprocessed red meat or whole grains had little impact on outcomes.

Obesity Staying Healthy Vegetarian
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Not eating enough of these six healthy foods is associated with higher cardiovascular disease and deaths globally      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Previous and similar research has focused on Western countries and diets that combined harmful, ultra-processed foods with nutrient-dense foods. This research was global in scope and focused on foods commonly considered to be healthy. Researchers derived a diet score from PHRI's ongoing, large-scale global Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study, then replicated that in five independent studies to measure health outcomes in different world regions and in people with and without prior CVD.