New research being presented at the 78th annual American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) scientific meeting in San Diego, CA. Dr. Ana Maria Crissien, MD, lead author, and her colleagues from Scripps Clinic and Green Hospital, believe that factors influencing the human microbiome at birth and early childhood can influence the microbiome years later.
Direct quote from Dr. Ana Maria Crissien, MD: “Although more studies need to be done to confirm our data, this survey was able to show the influence factors of infancy and childhood that may predispose adults to the development of C. difficile infection. The microbiome is a very active area of research and we will continue to collect data and plan a prospective study to look at the influences on the microbiome and the development of C. difficile,” says Crissien. The authors note that decisions regarding birth methods, infant feeding, administration of antibiotics and hospitalization in infants and children should be based on the maternal and infant health and not scientific surveys.
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