Baby Gut Health [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Mark A. Underwood MD

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Dr. Underwood received his medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas followed by pediatric residency training at UCLA. After 12 years as a pediatrician in Great Falls MT, he and his family went to New Zealand for a year where he provided pediatric care in underserved areas and consultations at the medical school in Hamilton. Upon returning to the U.S. he completed a fellowship in neonatology at UC Davis and then joined the faculty in 2006 and became the chief of the division of neonatology in 2014. He loves working with parents, nurses, pharmacists and other specialists to provide the best care for infants. His research focuses predominantly on necrotizing enterocolitis, human milk and probiotics. This research includes clinical trials of probiotics and prebiotics in premature infants and studies of promising protective therapies in animal models of necrotizing enterocolitis and pulmonary hypertension. He also enjoys international collaborations and has taught courses to physicians, nurses, and birth attendants across Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.  

Segment Overview: Dr. Mark Underwood explains study results that shows how nine out of ten babies are missing important “good” bacteria that helps protect babies and promotes a healthy immune system.

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