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

Focus on Probiotic Patents: USA

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PART I:   PATENTING PROBIOTICS IN THE U.S. by Ivan Wasserman, IPA Counsel Patents are an important part of the competitive landscape of the food and dietary supplement industries. In probiotics, market players large and small have staked out their claims to proprietary products. But you may also have heard that “products of nature” might not be patentable. How, then, do … Read More

As Fatty Liver Spreads, Probiotics Enter the Fray

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With obesity off the charts, big pharma is racing to bring new drugs to market. Many of the newbie medications tackle the metabolic downsides of obesity: glucose intolerance, high cholesterol and fatty liver. While drugs may be somewhat effective, they can be costly (especially in the United States) and all come with some unhealthy side effect or more. Finding safe … Read More

Probiotics a Neglected Therapy in Vaginal Disorders

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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

Probiotics: Help or Hype for Healthy people?

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As retailers target a wider market, more people are discovering probiotics. Should everyone be consuming probiotics in some form? Or have marketing whizzes overplayed their value? Good questions. Much of the research in the sector deals with effect of probiotics on disorders. Still, many ostensibly healthy people—those without chronic or acute diseases including cardiovascular, autoimmune, diabetes, obesity and others– also take probiotics. Are … Read More

Fat-fighting microbes? Prove it with a robust study design.

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By Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials, Nutrasource Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) ≥30kg/m2, continues to be an important health issue globally, as it is a major risk factor for several diseases, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers, among others.1,2 Rates of obesity continue to increase across … Read More

Holiday Cheers for Probiotics

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It’s so easy to throw a ribbon on a box of candy or bottle of booze and call it your very merry holiday offering. Resist the ordinary. This year, invest your resources in gifts that will actually improve the health of those you care about (even though your annoying co-worker still merits ribbon candy.) Ideas with synbiotic sensibilities Kefir grains and … Read More

Time to Consider Probiotics for Burn Patients

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Painful burns in children are gut-wrenching, in more ways than one. As the third leading cause of death in children behind car accidents and drowning, burns can devastate the gut microflora which may lead to sepsis and organ failure. Enhancing immunity and preventing bacterial invasion from the gut has been a goal. Tube feedings enriched with glutamine and omega-3 fatty … Read More