As of 2001, probiotics have been defined by the World Health Organization's (WHO) as "live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health beneﬁt on the host." The health benefit of probiotics has seen its reach extend beyond the gut and across organs and metabolic … [Read more...] about Probiotics: A Look at Dose and Response
In a 2016 article Bacteriocin production: a relatively unharnessed probiotic trait? a group of researchers in Cork, Ireland led by James W. Hegarty, are making a case for bacteriocins. What are bacteriocins? Peptides produced by bacteria that can act against other similar bacteria; the … [Read more...] about Bacteriocins: Time To Harness The Power?
Pancreatic cancer is a killer. In spite of advances in garnering its mechanism, the same cannot be said for treating this most fatal of cancers. Researchers are looking to the microbiome. Changes in diet, infection or lifestyle may disturb the normal symbiotic karma between host and the … [Read more...] about Pancreatic Cancer: Possible Role for Probiotics
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 … [Read more...] about In Old Age, Our Altered Microbiomes Can Lead to Disease