Drosophila Flies Live Longer (Much) on Probiotic and Herb Mix

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Drosophila

If your goal is to outlive all your friends, here’s a bit of good news. Fruit flies fed an herbal and probiotic mash lived up to 65% longer than their placebo peers in a new study. Not an insignificant result at all. These Drosophila flies mirror 75% of our human disease genes, making them suitable subjects for testing hunches.  Also, they are inexpensive … Read More

Targeting Obesity through Microbiome: Update

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feet on scale

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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nervous system

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

Gut microbiome keeps intestinal cells healthy: cell assays to assess the mechanism of action of pre- and probiotics in the gastrointestinal tract

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Massimo Marzorati

By Massimo Marzorati, PhD The intestinal microbiome affects intestinal health at multiple levels. Intestinal bacteria produce several metabolites, which positively influence the intestinal epithelial barrier function and wound healing1,2.  Also, gut bacteria prevent the colonization of pathogenic bacteria, by inhibiting their adhesion and by producing antimicrobial components. Further, the intestinal microbiome shapes the immune system, controlling the equilibrium between immune … Read More

Breast Cancer and Probiotic Link Largely Untapped

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breast cancer

With breast cancer a leading cause of death among woman globally, it’s no surprise that billions of dollars are spent searching for better outcomes. Much of the largess is poured into cancer drugs and other treatments. Relatively little is spent exploring a microbiome connection. That’s a shame because breast microbiota may be fertile ground for intervention. How so? First, microbial composition … Read More

Probiotics a Neglected Therapy in Vaginal Disorders

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vaginal health

Apparently vaginal health needs a #MeToo moment. Canadian researcher Gregor Reid opines about lack of progress in vaginal health applications in a 2018 review titled: “Has knowledge of the vaginal microbiome altered approaches to health and disease?”   Reid writes that “Calls for innovation have been made before but to little avail.” While dominant Lactobacillus species have been identified and recognized as … Read More

Lecture Lineup for Probiotics Resource Center at Vitafoods Europe

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Probiotics Resource Center – Lecture Schedule VitaFoods Europe May 15-18, 2018 Day 1: Tuesday, May 15th 2018  11:00 – 11:30: Interaction between gut microbiota and the immune system Over 1000 clinical studies with probiotics have addressed over 700 different conditions. Past studies focused on gastrointestinal diseases and infections. Planned and recruiting studies now are (also) targeting metabolic and neurological conditions. … Read More