Gut Microbes at Root of Severe Malnutrition in Kids (image) Washington University School of Medicine Share Print E-Mail Caption A study of young twins living in Malawi shows that severe malnutrition is triggered by more than poor nutrition. The bacteria that live in the intestine also play a key role. The standard treatment, a peanut-butter-based, high-nutrient food, may not fully repair dysfunctional gut microbes, leaving children at risk for malnourishment and death when the food is discontinued. The twins above are eating the therapeutic food. Credit Indi Trehan, M.D., Washington University Usage Restrictions Credit required Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.