Newsletter Blast-off: IPA inSight

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With this launch of IPA inSight, our goal is to share the best and brightest of probiotic news each month. You will enjoy IPA original content, curated buzz from the popular media, and breakthrough research results as well as alerts on engaging events, past and future. Think of us as your one-stop culture club; just a few minutes of your time will grow big benefits. Sign-up now at the bottom … Read More

George Paraskevakos: Tally of IPA Successes

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International Probiotics Association, under the leadership of Executive Director George Paraskevakos, is happy to report a banner year. New collaborations with stakeholders and industry partners mirrored the probiotics space as it surges ahead in the dietary and food supplement arena. Of special note is this IPA innovation mentioned in the article appearing on and authored by Paraskevakos: a first … Read More

IPA petitions FDA on requiring CFUs for probiotic labeling

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The International Probiotics Association has submitted a citizen petition to the FDA to require the labeling of probiotic ingredients in dietary supplements as colony forming units (CFUs) instead of by weight. For a detailed explanation on why the distinction between CFUs and weight is worth a federal petition, read the informative piece by  Stephen Daniells on David Keller, VP of Scientific … Read More

Colic Relieved by Multi-strain Probiotics

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We can all rest more easily: new research from Italy points to some success with multi-strain probiotics in colic. Remember, colic does not go quietly into that good night. IPA has reported in the past about probiotics for colic:  Colic Soothed by Probiotics is most recent. Lactobacillus reuteri has often been the species of investigation in colic; now many others find … Read More

“Probiotics on the Brain”

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Elizabeth Gehrman has written “Probiotics on the Brain” which appeared October 12 in the Boston Globe Magazine and online here. Gehrman spotlights Dr. James Greenblatt, a psychiatrist and the chief medical officer of Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Massachusetts who uses probiotics along with traditional medicine in his practice. The discovery of a gut-brain axis across which microbes “talked” to … Read More

Gut Inflamed in Cystic Fibrosis

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  Gut disturbances are common in people with cystic fibrosis (CF). Research into pathways for which  gut inflammation in CF may be a “driver for systemic inflammation” may present new control strategies for this devastating disease which affects about 70,ooo young people worldwide . The underlying mechanisms are explored in this review by Anne Munck at Université Paris in France in a recent issue of … Read More

Bathing in Bacteria

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A biotech startup near MIT wants us to quit using deodorant and most other personal hygiene products. Instead, they want us to restore our healthy skin bacteria which in the end will–they promise– take care of grime and odors. Author Julia Scott took the challenge and hilariously reports the results in the New York Times Magazine in a May 2014 article … Read More

Role for Microbes in Allergies Considered

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Pregnancy may be the transfer point for a fetus’s first microbes, contrary to popular belief. This thesis is considered in an article in Clinical and Experimental Allergy in relation to appropriate microbiomes to avoid allergic responses. The authors also contend that disturbed gut microbe have been associated with allergic disease, but whether as the cause or effect of these diseases is … Read More

Probiotics Questioned in Crohn’s

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  Read what the British Dietetic Association has to say about dietary management of Crohn’s disease. The guidelines reviewed data regarding use of prebiotics and probiotics to induce or maintain remission; the search pulled studies from 1985 through 2009. Assessment of fifteen papers led the authors to conclude that the “the use of probiotics and prebiotics is not currently supported.” … Read More