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Study: Babies Born by C-Section May Miss Helpful Bacteria


A new study shows that babies born by C-section and those who aren't breast fed may be missing out on helpful bacteria.

Researchers say when babies go through the birth canal -- which they don't do if they're born via C-section -- they're exposed to helpful bacteria that can reduce their risk of certain health problems later in life.

This study found breastfeeding also introduces babies to bacteria that they don't get if they drink formula only.

Researchers say the bacteria can help improve digestive health, and can even reduce the risk of asthma and cancer.

The study found the bacteria also helps immunize them against other potentially harmful infections.



A new study shows moms who take folic acid before and during pregnancy reduce their child's risk of developing autism.

Researchers found the risk of autism dropped almost 40 percent if moms took a supplement With folic acid.

Folic acid has already been shown to reduce the risk of brain and spinal birth defects.

Doctors recommend women who want to get pregnant take a supplement with folic acid, because most women don't get enough of the nutrient in their diet.

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