Are Diseases Marked by Different Microbiota?

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More health and less disease—that’s the goal for all this money and manpower spent on microbiome research. And yes, scientists have identified clear links between dysbiosis and multiple diseases.  But the landscape gets more complicated —though no less promising– when dysbiosis is put under the microscope. In Meta-analysis of gut microbiome studies identifies disease-specific and shared responses, Claire Duvallet of Massachusetts … Read More

Inulin: A Prebiotic to Remember

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If you can’t recall the top food sources of inulin, keep reading. Soluble fiber such as inulin—a prebiotic—may offset dysbiosis common in aging, potentially leading to mental benefits such as improving memory. These fibers can’t be digested but they can be fermented; bacteria feast on them  like guests raiding your pantry and in the process, leave behind short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Inulin is especially adept at creating a … Read More

NEW: IPA Probiotics Guide for SupplySide West 2018

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The upcoming SupplySide West 2018 (SSW) in Las Vegas, Nevada will be a prominent stage for the IPA Probiotics Resource Center.   The IPA Probiotics Resource Center, organized in association with the International Probiotics Association (IPA) and sponsored by Nutrasource Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Services, offers SupplySide West attendees a high-profile location to learn about key issues in the probiotics market. … Read More

Dr. Sathish Subramanian on Microbe Immaturity and Malnutrition

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Dr. Sathish Subramanian

Plumpy’ Nut may have a silly name but its mission—to feed malnourished children—is deadly serious. This ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF in aid circles) made of milk powder, sugar, oil, peanut paste, vitamins and minerals along with locally made mixtures has succeeded in reducing deaths in children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in poor countries. Immature Microbes Linger after … Read More

Dr. Erika Isolauri Talks Child Health at Harvard Probiotics Symposium

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Dr. Erika Isolauri

 “For child health, I have learned, the mother is the person to treat. The healthier the mother, the better the child’s well-being.” Dr. Erika Isolauri, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at University of Turku  has researched the microbiota from her lab in Finland for long enough to earn the soundbite. With over 440 scientific publications to her name, she spoke … Read More

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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lungs

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