Psychobiotics: No Longer Your Brain’s Imaginary Friend

Guest BloggerIPA In The Lab

By Dr. Matthew A. Roberts, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Scientific Officer – KGK Science USA Research suggests that the microbiota may affect the way we feel, think, react, and remember although to date much of this has focused on animal models. The tide is shifting, with the consensus in the scientific community being that new research needs to be geared towards substantiating … Read More

Regulation of Probiotics in the USA: Cosmetics

Guest BloggerIPA Counsel Corner

Regulation of Probiotics in the USA by Ivan Wasserman, IPA Counsel Part 3: Cosmetics Cosmetic products are an exciting new category for probiotic-related ingredients. It may seem that cosmetics are less regulated than other FDA regulated product categories, such as dietary supplements and foods (which we discussed in previous articles).  However, despite the fact that the name is only the … Read More

In Men or Women, Yogurt Impacts Microbes Differently

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

It seems men and women are different in more ways than the obvious. Yogurt changes microbes; that we know. But now new research shows that probiotics in yogurt may alter them depending on gender. A team from various medical facilities in Japan led by Yoshio Suzuki has produced some interesting data on how yogurt impacts microbiota in healthy young adults. … Read More

IPA’s George Paraskevakos Chairs Panel at VitaFoods Europe in Geneva

Guest BloggerNews

George Paraskevakos, Executive Director of IPA is chairing a panel at Vitafoods Europe 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, May 9. Speaking on the KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: Bridging the knowledge gap in probiotics and prebiotics are: Bradley Saville, PHD, Chief Science and Technology Officer – Prenexus Health Dr Chin-Kun Wang, President – International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Dr … Read More

A Microbiome Link to Infertility

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

In The Handmaid’s Tale, author Margaret Atwood depicts a future where mass infertility leads to draconian fixes. In our non-fiction world of 2017, inability to make a baby occurs but in numbers which won’t yet threaten the survival of humanity. But for couples wanting a child but incapable, the situation can be devastating. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that nearly … Read More

Newsletter Blast-off: IPA inSight

Guest BloggerBenchmarks, News

With this launch of IPA inSight, our goal is to share the best and brightest of probiotic news each month. You will enjoy IPA original content, curated buzz from the popular media, and breakthrough research results as well as alerts on engaging events, past and future. Think of us as your one-stop culture club; just a few minutes of your time will grow big benefits. Sign-up now at the bottom … Read More

Microbes in the Tangle of Dementia

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Misplaced your keys?  No worries, but if you forget what that shiny object is –that may be a sign of dementia. Causes of dementia—dysfunction in memory or behavior—are many. The most feared, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is also the most common perpetrator, affecting many millions across the globe. Briefly: AD aberrations include plaques and neurofibrillary tangles that are only observed on autopsy. Indeed, scientists are working … Read More

Probiotics Reduce Behavioral Changes from Early Antibiotic Use

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Antibiotics save lives. The bad news is they obliterate the good microbes in their wake which can lead to long-term immune and metabolic changes. And now researchers find that behavior and brain chemistry can also suffer. Much evidence exists from both rodent and human studies showing microbial effect in brain and behavioral changes. Germ-free models have provided clues to these … Read More

Altered Microbiome in Cystic Fibrosis

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

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

Probiotics in Clinical Research: Stability Studies Matter

IPA AdminIPA In The Lab, Uncategorized

By Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Associate Director of Clinical Trials, Nutrasource The importance of stability studies is highlighted in cases where a human intervention trial  demonstrates equivocal results, or worse yet, negative results. When there was no evidence to demonstrate that the probiotic survived for the duration of the study period, it could be plausible that results were due the premature expiration … Read More