Aging Microbiomes: A New Wrinkle for the Elderly

Guest BloggerMicrobiome Environment

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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

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

Guest BloggerClinical Corner

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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

Good News When Probiotics Become Habit

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

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  While humans have been eating probiotics by way of cheeses and yogurts for tens of thousands of years, use of supplements for beneficial bacteria is only decades old. Most studies concentrate on immediate effects of pills and capsules. No reliable data exists on “longer-term consumption” of probiotics, a period of time only now relevant. Thus a new curiosity in … Read More

How Gray are your Microbes?

IPA AdminClinical Corner, Market Trends

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Is aging a disease? Some in the ranks of research think it may be so. Others stick to the idea that aging begins after the snip of the umbilical cord, the intrinsic nature of the mortal beast. Michael S. Lustgarten of Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston has written a provocative piece titled … Read More

In Old Age, Our Altered Microbiomes Can Lead to Disease

IPA AdminClinical Corner, Market Trends

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The aging microbiome bumps into challenges its younger self may not have: chronic diseases, exposure to group living, multiple medications and changes in dentition and swallowing that disrupt diet. Yale Medical School Professor Vincent Quagliarello, MD discussed the vagaries of the microbiome in older adults recently at the Harvard Probiotics Symposium. There are “a myriad of clinical changes, including a … Read More

Probiotics May Improve Immunity in Aging

IPA AdminUncategorized

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Even for the healthiest, old age brings challenges to both mind and body. Changes are inevitable and built into the DNA of every cell. The immune system weakens in aging, making the elderly more likely to catch colds, flus, and also deadly infections from germs including Clostridium dificile which are rampant in hospitals. This impaired immunity can even allow disease … Read More