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Why doctors are swiping C-section babies with their mom's microbiome

Why doctors are swiping C-section babies with their mom's microbiome

Are babies that are born by caesarean section at a disadvantage when it comes to future health risks? And can doctors do anything about it?

A new study in Nature Medicine aims to answer those two questions.

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FOR THE RECORD

An earlier version of this story said the study was published in the journal Nature Health. It appears in Nature Medicine.

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Previous research has shown a correlation (though not causation) between people who were born via C-section and an increased risk of obesity, asthma, allergies and autism.

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