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Cause or consequence? Investigating the link between gut bacteria and heart health

People with heart failure have been found to have less gut bacteria diversity and lack certain important species groups. So are changes in our microbiome causing heart disease, or visa-versa?

International probiotics experts and global firms to feature at first Probiota Asia summit

A world-class line up of international probiotics experts will feature at our first Probiota Asia summit, to be held in Singapore in October.

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WATCH: Probiotics in China — ‘The market is set to explode’

The probiotics sector is forecast to soar by 23% in China to 2020 and even greater long-term growth beckons if the industry unites to better educate consumers and regulators.

DayTwo open for business as science expands and investment secured

Personalized health player DayTwo has announced a new study deepening our understanding of how the microbiome can influence glycemic response.

Inflammatory bowel disease: Manipulating the gut microbiome a promising future treatment option

There is considerable promise in manipulating the gut microbiome to treat the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, according to a new review....

News in brief

French venture fund bets on Japanese microbiome firm with €11.6 m investment

Seventure’s Health for Life Capital fund has announced a €11.6 million ($13.2m) financing of Tokyo-based microbiome firm Anaeropharma Science.

Personalised nutrition player DayTwo gains €10.6 million investment

Microbiome app developer DayTwo has secured €12 million (€10.6m) investment from Seventure Partners’ Health for Life Capital fund, as part of a series A round of fundraising.

Fatty acid enzyme ratio may help determine bowel cancer survival

A higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 enzymes is linked to better survival rate in bowel cancer according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer. ...

Lonza’s $5.5bn Capsugel takeover cleared by regulators

Lonza expects to complete its $5.5bn (€5.2bn) takeover of Capsugel SA in the next few days having secured approval from competition authorities around the world.

Vitamin K2 may reverse calcification of blood vessels in people with kidney disease

Four-week supplementation with vitamin K2 MK-7 (menaquinone-7) significantly improves vascular calcification (VC), according to a new study published in BMC Nephrology. 

Ganeden bets on inactivated probiotic ingredient for new applications

Probiotic giant Ganeden says its new immune ingredient looks to take the benefits of its validated strain into categories and areas that probiotics cannot be used.

Review links microbiome makeup to autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms could be reduced by altering gut bacteria makeup, according to a review of more than 150 papers.

Tea consumption could lead to increased disease risk in women: Study

Drinking excessive tea could cause epigenetic changes in women, leading to increased disease risk, according to researchers from Uppsala University.

Industry innovation can help target products to the elderly

The industry can do more to target fashionable high protein foods and drinks to the over 65s market, while rest of Europe should follow Norway with nutrition-filled NPD for the...

‘Rogue operators’ undermining growing field of personalised nutrition, warns nutrigenomics author

Sham operators are undermining the field of nutrigenomics and personalised nutrition, according to the author new research that shines light on how dietary changes thousands of years ago impacted the...

Omega-3 may shorten hospital stay in heart surgery patients

Supplementing open-heart surgery patients with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could reduce time spent in hospital and lower risk of complications.

What is a probiotic? IPA releases guidance document on qualifying probiotics

The definition of probiotic varies by region, and an increasing number of products potentially mislabeled as “probiotic”. In response, the International Probiotics Association has released a guidance document.

Special Edition: Bone & Joint Health

Can bone health be improved through microbiota manipulation?

Bone mineral density could be altered by prebiotics and probiotics, according to a new review that links diet-induced obesity, the gut microbiota and bone health.

Nestlé-backed study links probiotic strain and depression

Probiotics could help relieve symptoms of depression in addition to aiding gastrointestinal upsets, according to new Canadian research backed by Nestlé.

Omega-3 could aid Alzheimer's prevention: Study

People with high omega-3 intakes have an increased blood flow in the brain, according to research suggesting a link between omega-3 and Alzheimer’s disease.

Could probiotics restore microbiome imbalance linked to autoimmune disorder?

Probiotics might help restore gut bacterial imbalance in patients with systemic sclerosis, says a new study looking at gastrointestinal bacterial compositions in two geographically-distinct populations suffering from the autoimmune disorder.

Genetic study suggests vitamin D is not linked to asthma or dermatitis

Supplementation with vitamin D ‘is unlikely’ to reduce the risk of asthma, atopic dermatitis, or allergies, a new genetic study has found.

Phytosterols could save Europe €26 billion in heart disease healthcare costs

Daily consumption of 1.7g of phytosterols by the millions of adults aged 55 and over in the EU with severe hypercholesterolemia could provide healthcare savings of €5.3 billion per year...

Winners revealed: Find out who won out at the NutraIngredients Awards 2017!

Leading members of the functional food, supplements, and healthy nutrition industry gathered in Geneva this week to celebrate huge successes ... and find out who won out in the battle...

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Vitafoods 2017 in tweets

All the social media highlights from Geneva.