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Development of Functional Foods and Breast Creams that Prevent Against Infectious Disease in Infants

Shelley McGuire of Washington State University, along with Mark McGuire of the University of Idaho in the U.S, will study whether commensal bacteria in human milk is related to maternal consumption of probiotic foods, and whether these microorganisms in breast milk can help prevent infectious diarrhea in infants. If possible, development of low-cost probiotic foods and breast creams could lead to a decrease in diarrheal illness and deaths among infants.

More information about Create New Ways to Protect Against Infectious Disease (Round 5)

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