Medical research

Direct link found between diet ingredients and gut microbes

(PhysOrg.com) -- Globally, industrialized countries face an epidemic of obesity while poor nations continue to grapple with pervasive malnutrition, particularly among children. Increasing evidence suggests that both conditions ...

Medical research

Study: Right gut bacteria may protect against malnutrition

Manipulating what kinds of bacteria live in the gut might lead to a new way to treat millions of children suffering chronic malnutrition, says new research that suggests the right microbes can help get the most out of a poor ...

Health

Child malnutrition caused by more than lack of food

Giving poor families land on which to grow crops has been shown to improve child nutrition. New research also shows that giving families non-agricultural land and better housing also is beneficial for children's growth and ...

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Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a general term for a medical condition caused by an improper or inadequate diet and nutrition. A number of different nutrition disorders may arise, depending on which nutrients are under or overabundant in the diet.

The World Health Organization cites hunger as the gravest single threat to the world's public health. Malnutrition is, by far, the biggest contributor to infant and child mortality, present in half of all cases. Malnutrition, in the form of iodine deficiency, is the most common cause of mental impairment, reducing the world's IQ by an estimated billion points. Improving nutrition is widely regarded as the most effective form of aid.

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