Altered Microbiome in Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body. The disease is inherited when both parents carry the recessive gene. A defective gene makes mucus, sweat and digestive juices thick and sticky instead of thin and slippery; tubes and ducts, especially in the lungs and pancreas become blocked. Microbiota Impacted The gut … Read More

Say Cheese, and Add Probiotics to Fend Off Oral Thrush

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Teeth wear out long before we do. Dentures offer a decent solution but are prime breeding sites for Candida albicans, a fungus which when overgrown in the oral cavity is called thrush. Probiotics may be an alternative to antifungal agents in the prevention and treatment of oral candida. Research described in an IPA blog Probiotics May Fight Candida in Dentures … Read More

Probiotics and Memory: A Conflicted Study

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Coming across less than stellar news about probiotics is rare, like reading about Mother Teresa’s doubts on her faith. However accustomed as we are to the rushing train of probiotic and prebiotic benefits rolling through our labs, microbial science is still a track of discovery where conflicting or negative results deserve ample attention. Researchers at University of New South Wales … Read More

IPA’s George Paraskevakos Reports from Expo West

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IPA Executive Director George Paraskevakos recently journeyed into the vast halls of Natural Foods Expo West to discover that probiotics too have come far in the marketplace. “Probiotics have truly arrived. From Dr. Oz earlier this year, to the Natural Product Expo West show in Anaheim, one might say it is the invasion of the microorganism armies.  As I walked … Read More

Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo West 2017

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A pop-up city of 80,000+, Natural Products Expo West, once again proved its worth: a dizzying array of innovation shared and leveraged under a sparkling California sun. The 2017 show, produced by New Hope Network, was held March 9-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center and brought together 3,100 exhibiting companies, including more than 500 first-time exhibitors. “Each year, longtime attendees band together … Read More

Probiotics: A No-Brainer for Brain Health

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Drugs target serotonin to reduce depression and other mood disorders. Could probiotics do the same, given that the microbiome is one smooth operator in gut-brain signaling?[i] Researchers Caroline J. K. Wallace and Roumen Milev of Queens University in Ontario asked the same in “The effects of probiotics on depressive symptoms in humans: a systematic review” which appeared in Annals of General Psychiatry in February, 2017. … Read More

How Gray are your Microbes?

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Is aging a disease? Some in the ranks of research think it may be so. Others stick to the idea that aging begins after the snip of the umbilical cord, the intrinsic nature of the mortal beast. Michael S. Lustgarten of Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston has written a provocative piece titled … Read More

For Stiff Joints, Microbes Matter

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Baby boomers are finding the spirit is often willing, but knees—not so much. Sore and stiff joints seem to arrive just when you line up for your $10 Senior Pass at the U.S. National Parks. First, know there are two main types of arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is immunity gone rogue, an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation of joints and other … Read More