Inspiring News

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Renovating the gut microbiota is increasingly known to help prevent and cure a variety of disorders. Now a recent review in  Pharmacology and Therapeutics asks how the microbial community in the respiratory tract may impact disease. Indeed,  the microbial composition of the airway flora is different between healthy lungs and those with chronic lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well … Read More

Ignorance Not Always Bliss

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Nearly 200 Canadian physicians, both urban and rural, were surveyed regarding natural health products (NHPs), a category in which probiotics are deemed “fashionable”. Most thought that NHPs were probably of little benefit but not likely to be harmful. Most of the NHPs used were vitamins and minerals. The authors try to explain the results with  “overall, the responses to the … Read More

Kefir: Easy to Make, Hard to Pronounce

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 Maybe we’d buy it more often if we could pronounce it. Is it key-FEAR or KEY-fur or KEH-fur? The majority voted for KEY-fur in a lively discussion over at babycenter community. To be safe, know all three when bewilderment greets you at the store. Now, on to less pressing matters.   Kefir has been around for a long time, many thousands … Read More

Fecal Transplant Redux

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Health practitioners are just now getting in the act of transplanting stool to reseed unhealthy colons. But it seems there is a contingent of do-it-yourselfers (DIY) who are unafraid to give it a go. Michael Hurst suffered  with ulcerative colitis for over a decade and finally found relief with repeat DIY fecal transplants. He has prepared a digital book called Poop … Read More

Play in the Dirt

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Allergies are nothing to sneeze at.  Their epidemic growth  worldwide has public health officials scrambling for answers — not to mention  tissues. Simply put, allergies are immune system malfunctions: harmless allergens including food, pollen, mold or dust are seen by the body as threats. Symptoms are triggered. Some are merely annoying as in the itch that arises after reading a  … Read More

Honorable Discharge

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  Clostridium difficile is a killer. Tens of  thousands die each year worldwide from this stubborn infection. The bacteria set up shop after a course of antibiotics. Stronger antibiotics including vancomycin are given but sometimes people cannot permanently expel the tough spore-making bacteria. Extreme weight loss and death can follow. Now there is a cure. Nasty, some may say, but … Read More

The Big Picture

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Researchers from Egypt and Saudi Arabia have collaborated on a comprehensive review of  probiotics and their role in health improvement, infection control and disease management. Download the PDF here .

Mind The Gap

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Probiotics are the future– with a hidden past. Despite their being essential to life for all of history, we are only now waking up to their major role in health. Much like vitamins were in the early 1900s when each new discovery flirted with a Nobel Prize, probiotics and their thousand shades of purpose will be unraveled before long. These … Read More

Statins, Step Aside

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How do probiotics lower cholesterol? Scientists say there are at least two ways: the inhibition of intestinal cholesterol absorption and the suppression of bile acid reabsorption. The authors of this review discuss recent research as well as future directions for treatment for hypercholesterolemia. Read more in Clinical Lipidology.  

Fighting Fat with Probiotics

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The microbiome plays a big role in obesity. Eating behavior, energy harvest, energy expenditure and fat storage are all discussed in this review as mechanisms for inducing obesity and related inflammation. the team of researchers from China and USA cities challenges in finding the specific mix of microbiota and diet to promote leanness and metabolic health. Read more in Molecular … Read More