2016 Harvard Probiotics Symposium

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 IPA is here to report that the 2016 Harvard Probiotics Symposium nailed it. And that means not just the array of delicious feeds at every turn but also the electric lineup of scientists from across the globe convening to share research and musings on this revolutionary field of microbes. In the upcoming weeks, IPA will share in-depth reports and short … Read More

IPA Excited for 2016 Harvard Probiotics Symposium

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Metabolic and brain function are the focus of the 2016 Harvard Probiotics Symposium: Gut Health, Microbiota & Probiotics throughout the lifespan. Top researchers from around the globe will present their latest research in what promises to be a stimulating two days in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a bit early for leaf peeping but Boston is colorful any time of year. Here’s … Read More

No Bliss in Probiotic Ignorance

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As you would expect, party banter sometimes leads to probiotics. Seems no one really knows too much but most people are aware of their importance, similar to how we feel about a political map of the Middle East. Leigh Galasso, a graduate student at D’Youville College decided to find out what consumers know and analyze the data in a more … Read More

Colic Soothed by Probiotics

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A baby cries–that’s normal. But when a baby cannot be consoled—by a hug, milk or a diaper change—parents worry. Colic is that ceaseless run of crying in the first few months of life that deprives everyone of sleep but then often stops just as mysteriously as it began. Parents do know that gastrointestinal distress often accompanies colic. As evidence shows, … Read More

Probiotics Face Fear Itself

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Ever wonder why one friend bungee jumps while another swerves at her own shadow? Look to the parents. And their microbes. Researchers are uncovering fascinating connections between microbes and behaviors later in life. Early life stress (ELS)puts individuals at risk for mental health problems down the line. And even scarier, is that these effects can be transmitted across generations. These connections were demonstrated … Read More

Probiotics: Tasty Tummy Flatteners

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Want a flat tummy? Well, listen up. Fried foods should be nowhere near your plate. Ditto for sugary desserts and baked goods. But here’s the good news: one thing you don’t have to cut down on are foods rich in probiotic cultures such as creamy yogurt and fizzy kefir which can realign gut bacteria. Luckily, gut microbes are gaining traction … Read More

Probiotic Use in HIV

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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is not going away. Tragically, 39 million are dead from the virus, reports the World Health Organization. Another 35 million people continue to live with HIV. The cases are all over the map but not in equal numbers. Sub-Saharan Africa and other struggling nations suffer with a steady flow of new cases, many unaware of … Read More

Probiotics: A Fix for Nausea?

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Nausea.  It sounds innocent enough: a queasy feeling or a dizzy stomach. But the feelings can be wretched for those suffering with motion or pregnancy-related morning sickness. A relative recently disclosed that he hadn’t been taking his probiotics even though the bottle stared him in the face every time he opened the refrigerator. There had been some “nausea” last time … Read More

Goat’s Milk Slurps up Probiotic Goodness

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Goat milk costs a premium in trendy markets today but throughout most of the developing world, the tasty beverage is drunk daily by the poorest of people. The reason? Goats can be kept next to a hut while cows must have access to land for grazing, land which the impoverished don’t have. Goat milk is the “go-to” drink for the world’s … Read More

IPA Response to Probiotic Findings in Genome Medicine

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IPA response to the article published by researchers at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen on the effect of probiotic products on the fecal microbiota of healthy adults, in Genome Medicine 10 May 2016 Kristensen and co-workers investigated studies that assessed the effect of probiotics on intestinal microbiota composition; the article is … Read More