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In The News, Summer 2016: Children's Antibiotic Treatments Alter Gut Microbiota

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Multiple antibiotic treatments in children below the age of three resulted in less stability and diversity of the intestinal microbiota, a small study out of Finland found. This effect was particularly noticeable at the level of microbial strains, with antibiotic-treated children having many more single-strain species than those who had not been treated, who tended to have multiple strains for each species. Researchers observed that a stable, diverse microbiota promotes nutrient absorption, supports the metabolism, and provides protection from infections. “Treatments, such as antibiotics,...

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