Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs, has increased at a troubling pace. While outdoor environmental changes are prime suspects—industrialized nations have seen cases soar—innermost worlds are also being explored. Gut microbes are being questioned. For instance, it is known that … [Read more...] about Diversity Wins Against Asthma
Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by repetitive motions and impaired communication. While the cause of this devastating dysfunction is not clear, several theories are gathering steam: genetics, toxins, nutritional deficiencies and/or infections. And in a strange twist, many with ASD … [Read more...] about Role for Probiotics In Autism?
Contamination in foods and feed is a major expense and incurs disease in crops, animals and humans alike. Scientists at the National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute in Iran looked at the potential for lactic acid bacteria and yeasts to eliminate, deactivate or reduce availability … [Read more...] about Probiotics for Detox?
Heart disease is a global killer. One biomarker, cholesterol levels, receives much attention and is usually confronted when high with dietary change and increasingly with statin medications. Probiotics have shown some promise in this area. Researcher Douglas B. DiRienzo recently assessed 26 … [Read more...] about Cholesterol: A Numbers Game
Probiotic insiders—the scientists, manufacturers, the bloggers—can be so ensconced in all things squirmy and microscopic that we forget that the larger public may have other opinions about our little darlings. Governments, of course, will be wary: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cracked … [Read more...] about Hope and Hyperbole
In a position trailing many countries in the developed world, the United States is taking steps to limit the routine use of antibiotics for cows, pigs and chickens. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that antibiotics will no longer be used to make animals grow bigger—and more … [Read more...] about FDA To Limit Antibiotics in Feed Animals