Early malnutrition may impair infants’ mix of gut microbes

Babies’ microbiomes fail to fully recover even after nutrition improves

By Nathan Seppa, 16:02 PM June 4, 2014

Malnutrition in a baby might do more than thwart the child’s growth. A study shows that acutely malnourished babies have an understaffed reservoir of helpful bacteria in their intestines, a problem that lingers even after they are given foods specially designed to help them gain some weight.

The findings suggest that malnutrition damages the array of beneficial gut microbes, or microbiota, that reside in people’s bodies. These microbes appear indispensible to metabolism, immunity, digestion an...

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