Caesarean babies have different gut bacteria, microbiome study finds

C-section babies pick up more hospital bacteria than those born vaginally, research shows

Babies born by caesarean section have different gut bacteria to those delivered vaginally, the most comprehensive study to date on the baby microbiome has found.

The study showed that babies born vaginally pick up most of their initial dose of bacteria from their mother, while C-section babies have more bugs linked to hospital environments, including strains that demonstrate antimicrobial resistance. The findings could explain the higher prevalence of asthma, allergies and other immune conditions in babies born by caesarean.

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Straight Curve/Redefining Body Image film event

Join our staff from Mindfullness, friends from CEDARS and ERC/Insight treatment centers in viewing the powerful documentary Straight/Curve Redefining Body Image! The movie highlights pioneers in the fashion industry advocating for a change in redefining the body image norms we see daily.

Following the movie, Dr. Vazzano will be contributing to a panel of experts (including those in eating disorder recovery, a former fashion photographer and other eating disorder professionals) in discussing the film, answering questions and developing ways we can all work together to redefine beauty norms we see!

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The film will be screened Wednesday October 16, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. at Royal Oak Landmark’s Main Art Theater. Please pre-register by email at

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Canyon Roadlite:ON – ‘Takes the grind out of commuting – and gets you fit’ | Martin Love

The bestselling commuter bike from Canyon now packs a neat little engine to take some of the strain of not catching the train

Canyon Roadlite:ON
Frame aluminium
Motor Fazua Evation 1.0
Top speed 25km
Range 50-60km
Weight 15.5 kg
Guarantee 6 years

Adding a stealthy electric motor to a bicycle is one thing, but then calling it a “fitness” bike sounds like pushing your credibility to the limit. But that’s exactly what Canyon has done with its latest ride. The online brand behind some of the sleekest, fleetest bikes on the market (it was the ride of choice for the Movistar team at this year’s Tour de France) has added a powerful engine to its bestselling Roadlite hybrid and renamed it the Roadlite:ON. Electric assistance comes from a smart Fazua Evation drive system, the battery is neatly concealed in the frame’s downtube and the zippy motor is hidden in the bottom bracket. The battery is very easy to remove so, in theory, you can ride the ebike without any power assistance if you want to. But why would do that? It would be like buying Magimix then chopping your veg by hand, with a blunt knife.

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Recognizing, not pursuing

In my life-long impatience, how much I have missed. Last night, washing the dishes, I really looked at my iron frying pan in the dishwater. The light made visible for a moment a tiny rainbow — a light through water revealing all the colors of life. It is so easy to miss the tiny symbols. Finding them is quite different from the business of trying to hatch up big symbolic experiences. It is recognition, not pursuit, of meaning — recognition of the sacramental, of the intersection of the two worlds, breaking through unsought because one is attending.

Helen Luke, 1904 – 1995, Jungian Analyst and writer

I want another baby but maternity leave would stall my career | Dear Mariella

That women are still in this position is enraging, says Mariella Frostrup. Know your rights and stand your ground

The dilemma I have a 21-month-old baby and took six months maternity leave. Since returning to work I’ve managed large projects and am delaying trying for baby number two as I don’t want to leave during project delivery. I have high aspirations and I really like my job and enjoy these opportunities. My boss is offering me another big project next year and I feel in a predicament. If I have my “family life” hat on, I don’t want to leave trying for another baby any longer, but if all goes well, I would be pregnant for a large portion of it and my boss wouldn’t give ownership to me – he’d find someone else on the team. My husband thinks we should just go for it. However, it doesn’t have a massive effect on his working life and career. I’d be grateful if there were any reality checks as I feel I’m going around in circles.

Mariella replies Let’s not leap too far ahead. First, can I just say how livid your letter makes me. There’s too much lip service paid to advances in equality for women, generally from those with something to gain by association (ie politicians or business moguls). But whether it’s sexual abuse or harassment, equal pay, investment in female-specific medical research or a fairer division of domestic labour, we still haven’t caught up with the rhetoric. Instead, we dawdle in the doldrums and it’s hard not to surmise that no matter how loud we shout and how many headlines we monopolise with salacious stories of starlets abused, enduring equality remains far from accomplished.

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Positive about flying without fragrance | Brief letters

Fragrance intolerance | Domestic violence | Composting | Plastic packaging | Peaky Blinders

I leapt on Sirin Kale’s article (‘It’s a battle – it makes me incredibly ill’, G2, 16 September). I have a fragrance intolerance that triggers asthma. Combined with diesel intolerance, it makes flying a serious risk. On a recent Jet2 flight I informed the cabin crew. They came to chat to me and immediately made an announcement asking people not to use perfume or other fragrance sprays. It would be good to “name and acclaim” companies with a positive attitude.
Anne Hay

• After it was announced that domestic violence killings have reached a five-year high, Boris Johnson said the government was “fully committed” to tackling the crime (Report,, 13 September). Maybe he could start by committing not to give knighthoods to people with a domestic violence conviction.
Barry Norman

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Time for ourselves


When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurry world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude

Wordsworth, The Prelude

Greatest treasure


Your mind is your greatest treasure. We become so taken up with the world, with having and doing more and more that we come to ignore who we are and forget what we see the world with.

The most powerful way to change your life is to change your mind.

John O’Donohue, The Art of Developing a Beautiful Mind