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Minister Ng announces investments to scale up Canadian companies

Government of Canada investing in $20-million project proposal to launch integrated market July 29, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, today announced that the Government of Canada will support a $20-million project proposal to scale up companies in…

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New study shows benefits of social media for research recruitment

A new study conducted by Manitoba scientists aims to identify the top research priorities of families living with Hirschsprung’s Disease (HD). Researchers relied entirely on social media – in particular a Facebook group created by a Winnipeg mom – to recruit families for the study. This approach to recruitment allowed researchers to complete the study…

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Breastmilk microbiome linked to method of feeding

The idea that breastmilk has a microbiome (or microbiota)—a community of bacteria living within it—is relatively new and has sparked debate about where breastmilk bacteria come from. Some scientists believe breastmilk bacteria originate in the mother’s gut while others believe they are transferred to the mother from the infant’s mouth during breastfeeding. New research from…

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Effects of Instagram on breastfeeding perceptions

Breastfeeding has many established benefits for mothers, children, and society at large; however, the vast majority of infants around the world do not meet international breastfeeding recommendations.  A new study looks at how social media –specifically, Instagram – could help improve breastfeeding rates by changing perceptions and building support communities for breastfeeding moms. The study…

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Breastmilk sugars may help prevent food allergies

The unique composition of a mother’s breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, according to new findings from the CHILD Study. The research, published in the June issue of Allergy, found that a specific profile of complex sugars in human milk is associated with a lower rate of food sensitization in babies…

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