Harvard Symposium 2018: IPA Reports from Boston

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Harvard Probiotic Symposium 2018

Every two years, this two-day symposium invites top researchers from across the globe to share current evidence from the probiotic space. Harvard Symposium 2018 focused on gut microbes and probiotics and their impact on health throughout life. Specific periods addressed include pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adulthood, and older adults. The program was held October 10-11 in Boston at Harvard Medical School. … Read More

IPA Heads to Harvard

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IPA is excited to be attending “Gut Health, Microbiota & Probiotics throughout the Lifespan: Dietary Influences”  at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts this week. The two-day symposium invites top researchers from across the globe to share current evidence related to gut microbes and probiotics and their impact on health throughout life. Specific periods addressed include pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adulthood, … Read More

IPA Bets Big on SupplySide West in Las Vegas Nov 6-10

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Strategy meets science as more than 16,000 ingredient buyers and suppliers from a wide-range of industries gather at SupplySide West  this November. Leaders in dietary supplement, beverage, functional food, personal care and sports nutrition will share expertise in product development for the global economy. Over 1,300 exhibitors and 140 hours of educational and conference programming will spotlight new trends. Held at the beautiful … Read More

C. diff Has Secret Weapon Against Healthy Bacteria

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Clostridium difficile (C.diff) moves in when antibiotics kill off other pathogens. Infection with this pathogen (CDI) causes most of the diarrheal outbreaks linked with antibiotic therapy. Unfortunately these are not quick bouts in the bathroom; CDI can cause dangerous weight loss and malnutrition in a short time period. Many thousands die even when treated. C.diff is formidable, armored with spores, … Read More

A Look at Dysbiosis in Lung Cancer

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When healthy, lungs make breathing look easy. Behind the scenes, the vital exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide runs along 1500 miles of alveoli, a microscopic metro that runs on perfect time. But lungs can be derailed by many diseases and disorders: pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, cancer as well as congenital disorders including cystic fibrosis. … Read More

IPA Raises Concerns about Flaws and Press Sensationalism of Recent Negative Probiotic Research

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CONTACT: George Paraskevakos Executive Director, International Probiotics Association (514) 571-5949 george@internationalprobiotics.org   For Immediate Release   IPA Raises Concerns about Flaws and Press Sensationalism of Recent Negative Probiotic Research Los Angeles–September 13, 2018–Study flaws and press sensationalism are causing unwarranted consumer confusion about function and efficacy of probiotics, according to experts and representatives from the International Probiotics Association (IPA) regarding … Read More

Focus on Probiotic Patents: USA

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PART I:   PATENTING PROBIOTICS IN THE U.S. by Ivan Wasserman, IPA Counsel Patents are an important part of the competitive landscape of the food and dietary supplement industries. In probiotics, market players large and small have staked out their claims to proprietary products. But you may also have heard that “products of nature” might not be patentable. How, then, do … Read More

IPA Regulatory Workshop in DC: October 25, 2018

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IPA’s popular one-day regulatory and scientific workshop is set to return to Washington DC for a third consecutive year. Probiotics are unique. Whether considering manufacture, storage, stability or analysis, probiotics are different than other food and dietary supplement categories. As such, industry standards and guidelines for probiotics should not be written under their umbrella. Careful consideration must be given when … Read More

In Fecal Transplants, Not All Poop is Created Equal

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There’s nothing like a poop story to get the juvenile juices flowing. Crowding a Twitter and RSS feed recently were numerous alerts to a diaper pail full of baby poop headlines: Kardashian-like catnip for the health-minded. A PubMed search (not all blogs had links) led to an interesting piece of research from Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, … Read More

Aging Microbiomes: A New Wrinkle for the Elderly

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Expect to live at least a few decades longer than your ancestors born a century ago. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, not all of those bonus years promise the joys of good health. Aging bodies and minds are much more susceptible to disease. Aging changes are inevitable and built into the DNA of every cell. The immune system weakens in aging, … Read More