By Massimo Marzorati, PhD The intestinal microbiome affects intestinal health at multiple levels. Intestinal bacteria produce several metabolites, which positively influence the intestinal epithelial barrier function and wound healing1,2. Also, gut bacteria prevent the colonization of pathogenic … [Read more...] about Gut microbiome keeps intestinal cells healthy: cell assays to assess the mechanism of action of pre- and probiotics in the gastrointestinal tract
Breast Cancer and Probiotic Link Largely Untapped
With breast cancer a leading cause of death among woman globally, it’s no surprise that billions of dollars are spent searching for better outcomes. Much of the largess is poured into cancer drugs and other treatments. Relatively little is spent exploring a microbiome connection. That’s a shame … [Read more...] about Breast Cancer and Probiotic Link Largely Untapped
Probiotics a Neglected Therapy in Vaginal Disorders
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 … [Read more...] about Probiotics a Neglected Therapy in Vaginal Disorders
Probiotics: Help or Hype for Healthy people?
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 … [Read more...] about Probiotics: Help or Hype for Healthy people?
A Look at Microbes in Schizophrenia
Marked by delusions and hallucinations, schizophrenia is not uncommon. More than 50 million people or 1% of humans suffer with this devastating psychiatric disorder. What causes schizophrenia? Researchers believe that a combination of genetics, brain chemistry and environment contributes to … [Read more...] about A Look at Microbes in Schizophrenia
In Melanoma, Microbes Show Game in the Skin
Skin: We ignore it, tattoo it and burn it on beaches and tanning beds. Besides its brutish name, skin also gets little respect for its crucial job of protecting the human body from toxins and dehydration. Skin is the largest organ we have, beating out big hearts and hungry stomachs by a long … [Read more...] about In Melanoma, Microbes Show Game in the Skin