Tag Archives: microbiome

Stop the Antibiotics!

We know that prolonged antibiotic use in preterm babies increase their chance of later developing NEC. The assumption being that the disturbance of the intestinal flora leads to the increase in susceptibility. Here is some more direct evidence to support … Continue reading

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Your mother is the source of your microbiome

An interesting review article from last year (free access) which discusses information from many different species, several non-mammalian, that show that, not too surprisingly, our mothers are the source of our microbiome. They speculate that the bacterial contamination of breast … Continue reading

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Probiotics : Time for Action

As I have noted before on this blog, our article showing the effects of the introduction of routine probiotics in our NICU has been published on-line. The Journal of Pediatrics decided to accompany it with an editorial by William Tarnow-Mordi … Continue reading

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Banking on it

I guess this was the next step, after blood banks, and human milk banks, the next big advance is a poop bank. Although we don’t know if autologous stool transplants will be as successful as donor stool to treat C … Continue reading

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The Microbiome and NecrotiSing Enterocolitis

Fortunately Pubmed speaks both English and American, if you search on Pubmed for necrotizing enterocolitis it also gives you articles about correctly spelt gut diseases in preterm infants as well. As a North American transplant my spelling has become a … Continue reading

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Bugs in the news

Many thanks to Girish Deshpande for sending me a link to an Australian news item about probiotics and their use in the preterm, a 2 minute video clip for your edification. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-10/new-hope-for-premature-babies/4619984 The excellent science blogs ‘Phenomena’ have an article … Continue reading

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The microbiome of the preterm infant, how it relates to NEC

The intestinal flora of the preterm infant and how it relates to NEC. The normal pattern of colonization of the intestine is disturbed by: prematurity; by caesarian delivery; by antibiotics; and by feeding formula rather than breast milk. The abnormal … Continue reading

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