Travel Changes You, and Your Microbes Too

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

airplane travel

Travel can be rewarding, financially if it’s for work and emotionally when it’s for play or to visit loved ones. The downsides too are well-known: flight delays, uncomfortable seats, annoying seatmates and jet lag. Another to consider is how our microbes fare when flown across vast time zones to lands where even food and water are foreign to our ecosystems. … Read More

As Asthma Rates Rise, So Does Interest in Microbes

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

asthma and microbes

Progress is not always pretty. Polluted air, water and soil are part of the price tag on fast cars, potent drugs and cheap beef. Health can suffer. Faced with environmental toxins, our bodies secrete cytokines which induce multiple responses played out in the lungs, airways and immune system. This specific type of allergy named asthma is episodic or chronic inflammation of … Read More

Holiday Cheers for Probiotics

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

gifts

It’s so easy to throw a ribbon on a box of candy or bottle of booze and call it your very merry holiday offering. Resist the ordinary. This year, invest your resources in gifts that will actually improve the health of those you care about (even though your annoying co-worker still merits ribbon candy.) Ideas with synbiotic sensibilities Kefir grains and … Read More

Can Microbes Lower Blood Pressure?

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

high blood pressure

Shake the salt habit, get off the couch and don’t forget your meds. Long the trifecta for managing high blood pressure, those rules demand revision as more of the planet (as many as one-third of adults) struggle with numbers that can lead to early death. One novel approach may lie with the gut-brain axis. In a nutshell: The sympathetic nervous … Read More

IPA attends ANVISA Meeting in Brazil

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut, News

ANVISA

IPA’s George Paraskevakos attended an ANVISA (Brazil Health Regulatory Agency) meeting with members of the IPA Regulatory Committee November 24, 2017 in São Paulo. Navigating regulations for probiotics was the essential order of business. On arriving in São Paulo, George Paraskevakos first attended an International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Workshop on November 22 and 23, 2017.  

IPA Docks Two More Interviews at Global Engage in San Diego

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

IPA caught up with International Product Manager Morgan Maillard at Lallemand Health Solutions and Senior Scientist Frank Schuren of TNO Research at Global Engage Microbiome R & D/ Probiotics Congress in early November. Yes, we are all outside on the docks without coats; it’s San Diego after all, where winter blows in like a summer day in Canada. Watch these … Read More

Autism and Microbiome Links

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Caused by a little understood blend of genetic and environmental factors, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly being linked to the microbiome. For one, some children with ASD have different gut microbes than healthy controls. And research has found that the gut microbiome and its metabolic by-products play a major role in normal brain and behavioral development. New research suggests … Read More

Synbiotics Against Sepsis in Infancy: A Keynote Address at Microbiome R&D/Probiotic Congress 2017

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IPA spoke with Dr. Pinaki Panigrahi, Director of the Center for Global Health & Development at University of Nebraska Medical Center about his research on synbiotics in infancy. “The microbiota… has been very close to my heart for the last 20 plus years. I am excited because everyone is talking about microbiota now; years ago nobody did except for Eastern … Read More

Panel Explores the Microbiome and Cancer Therapies

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Last week at the Microbiome R&D/Probiotic Congress in San Diego, senior research data analyst Christine Spencer from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center spoke with IPA about recent research. Spencer and her colleagues published Gut microbiome modulates response to anti-PD-1 immunotherapy in melanoma patients in November of 2017 in Science. The study looked at oral and gut microbiome of 112 melanoma … Read More

Microbiome R&D /Probiotics Congress 2017 in San Diego

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut, News

Science met the art of the deal at last week’s Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum/Probiotics Congress 2017 in San Diego. Professors, scientists, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and more meshed nicely over the two-day GlobalEngage conference. More than 400 industry, academic and investment leaders converged to hear 70 some speakers and discuss: the microbiome in health and disease, challenges and opportunities … Read More