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To tackle childhood malnutrition, researchers turn to the microbiome

To help malnourished children, one group of researchers is trying a new approach: a diet tailored to their microbiomes.
Researchers in the study found that chickpeas would promote the growth of healthy gut microbes in malnourished children. Source: David Silverman/Getty Images

Nearly half of all deaths worldwide in children under the age of 5 is from malnutrition. And those who manage to survive suffer long-term consequences, such as stunted growth and delays in neurodevelopment.

From nutrition bars to energy supplements, the current standards for addressing the nutrition gap focus on providing the recommended amount of calories as well as individual nutrients.

But getting these supplies to those in need can often be a challenge. These therapeutic

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