Do Microbes Drive Metabolic Improvement after Bariatric Surgery?

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Bariatric surgery for severe and morbidly obese (Body Mass Index (BMI) >35–40) brings swift results: dramatically reducing cardiovascular risks and diabetes.   Current thinking credits immediate changes in the gut microbiome for the metabolic improvements observed after bariatric surgery. Indeed, research has painted a picture of gut microbes in those suffering from overweight or obesity as well as type 2 … Read More

Sloppy Reporting Undermines Claims of Probiotic Safety

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First do no harm. Probiotics appear to be outside the purview of drastic side effects reported for many supplements. No warnings of possible death and dismemberment scroll probiotic labels. Among manufacturers, researchers and clinicians in the industry, probiotics are considered safe. Theoretical risks  include systemic infections, deleterious metabolic activities, excessive immune stimulation in susceptible individuals, gene transfer and gastrointestinal side effects. … Read More

Change in Fecal Microbes after a Month of Probiotics

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Supplements have always had detractors. “Expensive urine” was what vitamin poppers were said to be making in the early days of mega doses nearly 50 years ago. With the cost of probiotic supplements, it is fair to ask: are we creating costly stool? Many millions of people take probiotic supplements trusting in a benefit to their intestinal colonies. Evidence is … Read More

A Chance to Innovate into Probiotics, Most Expenses Paid, in Amsterdam: Apply Now

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Amsterdam

Research opportunity for junior microbial scientists Junior researchers wishing to start their career as a microbial scientist might be interested in the Top Talent Program from probiotic manufacturer and researcher Winclove Probiotics. Winclove started the Top Talent initiative to offer young, ambitious researchers the opportunity to build their career as a microbial scientist and at the same time further innovate … Read More

Targeting Obesity through Microbiome: Update

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In a world grower fatter by the day (1.9 billion overweight and obese), science is searching for answers to the pandemic. There are no easy ones. Obesity is complicated; genetics, lifestyle and the environment create an imperfect storm inside the body. Recent evidence points to the gut microbiome as one important risk factor. Indeed, the microbiome is rich in possibilities. … Read More

Flow Cytometry as a Potential Method of Measuring Bacterial Viability in Probiotic Products

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Martin G. Wilkinson

Flow Cytometry as a Potential Method of Measuring Bacterial Viability in Probiotic Products: A Comprehensive Review   Martin G. Wilkinson, University of Limerick, Ireland Presented at Probiota 2018, February 7-9, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain This paper was commissioned by International Probiotics Association   The measurement of cell viability in foods has traditionally been carried out by assessing the ability of … Read More

Microbes Deserve a Closer Look in Lou Gehrig’s disease

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Science isn’t hitting any home runs with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Named after a famous baseball player, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS is a progressive disease that destroys nerve cells and causes disability. ALS often begins with muscle twitching, weakness in a limb or slurred speech. Eventually, ALS affects control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe. There … Read More

Doubling Down on Probiotics in Allergy Season

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Allergy season

Bleary eyes, itchy nose and so many sneezes even the blessings have stopped? No surprise here: it’s allergy season. But rather than making inroads against these carnal assaults by fertile pollens of the earth, public health practitioners instead report rising numbers over the last few decades. Allergic rhinitis is caused by an IgE-mediated inflammatory reaction. Antihistamines, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids therefore … Read More

A Look at Microbes in Schizophrenia

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Marked by delusions and hallucinations, schizophrenia is not uncommon. More than 50 million people or 1% of humans suffer with this devastating psychiatric disorder. What causes schizophrenia? Researchers believe that a combination of genetics, brain chemistry and environment contributes to development of the disorder. The gut-brain axis may be one pathway. Risk factors for schizophrenia Family history of schizophrenia Older age … Read More