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Probiotics may have taken some time to seep into consumer consciousness, especially in the US, but digestive health last year entered the top three fastest growing functional food categories. And with developments in science and technology also come greater opportunities to widen the category beyond the traditional dairy application.

Probiotic intervention may increase beneficial gut bacteria in cancer patients

A Dupont-backed study demonstrates the efficacy of a probiotic intervention after studies reveal its ability to alter and modify the intestinal microbiome in patients with colon cancer.

Prebiotics may help fight rotavirus: Study

Milk oligosaccharides reduced the infectivity of human rotavirus, according to a recent cell study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

Probiotics may help prevent colon cancer, mouse study suggests

Treatment of mice with a strain of probiotics reduced the frequency and size of colorectal tumours after exposure to carcinogenic and inflammatory chemicals, reports a new study in American Journal of...

Probiotic could delay onset of gluten intolerance in children: RCT data

New trial data suggests that the probiotic strains Lactobacillus plantarum Heal 9 and Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 could support the immune system and delay the onset of gluten intolerance in children....

Tata and OptiBiotix seal deal for India prebiotic expansion

OptiBiotix Health has signed a scale-up and manufacturing deal with Tata Chemicals' Food and Nutrition division in India for its cholesterol-reducing prebiotic, LPGOS.

News in brief

Global Probiotics Council announces young investigator grant recipients

How gut bacteria affect nutrient absorption and immune status, how protein malnutrition alters the gut bacterial communities, and how bacteria in the intestines interact with dietary fibers are the three...

Mimicry: Gut bacteria metabolites copy human signalling molecules

New gut-mediated therapies could be on the horizon, according to new research that finds GPCR (G-protein-coupled receptor) ligands, formed by gut bacteria, mimic human signalling molecules.

Could faecal microbiota transplantation be used to tackle asthma?

Faecal microbiota transplantation is arguably more effective in managing asthma than current treatments and even probiotics, say two scientists, who call for more research into its use.

Prebiotic nanofibre matrix aids probiotic survival in functional beverages

A prebiotic nanofibre matrix that protects beneficial bacteria in the low pH environment of fruit juices could prove an effective encapsulation agent for the probiotic delivery in functional beverages. 

‘Surprising’ impact of gut bacteria on gene expression in the brain

Gut-brain axis: Gene regulation may be link between gut bacteria and anxiety

The trillions of microbes in our gut can have a dramatic influence on microRNAs that regulate gene expression in parts of the brain including those related to fear and anxiety,...

Stress hormone may be ‘middle man’ in gut-brain communication

The stress hormone cortisol appears to mediate the link between a common type of gut bacteria and the levels of an abundant brain metabolite, according to a recent animal study...

Fruit-based prebiotic: A viable dairy alternative for probiotic foods and drinks?

Pectin and pulp extracted from passion fruit makes an effective probiotic food carrier, research finds as it demonstrates properties that stimulate probiotic growth and survival in the gut.

Team aim to produce probiotic supplement for athletes

Strains for sports: Microbiome make-up is vital for athletic success

Researchers harvesting the microbiome of athletes have identified, and plan to commercialise, specific probiotic strains that could aid sports performance and recovery.

Probiotics a possible treatment for jaundice in newborn babies: Chinese meta-analysis

Probiotic supplementation might be able to safely and effectively treat jaundice in babies, a Chinese systematic review and meta-analysis found, but researchers say better quality data is required.

Danone pressured to strengthen margins as activists strike

French dairy giant Danone has become the latest European target of activist investors, with New York hedge fund Corvex Management taking a €340m stake in the group.

Probiotics in space: NASA explores viability of microorganisms for space flight

Spending time in the low gravity environment of space leads to significant changes to your body – your bones weaken and your sense of taste may diminish. It is also...

Probiotic uses glycerol to kill ‘superbug’ in laboratory

A species of the probiotic genus Lactobacillus may selectively kill an antibiotic resistant bacterium, according to a study in Infection and Immunity.

Tryptophan coupled with probiotics could help sooth gut inflammation: Mouse data

Combining the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri with the protein tryptophan could help promote greater ‘tolerance’ in immune cells in the gut, according to new animal data.

Flavonoid diet may reduce flu severity – but only if you have the right gut bacteria

A specific microbe found in the gut may protect consumers of flavonoid rich diets against severe flu, finds a new animal study published in Science.

Yakult, DuPont, Danone and Watsons join stellar line-up for first Probiota Asia summit in Singapore

Top-level speakers from a raft of major probiotics manufacturers and suppliers will join international academics to present at our first Probiota Asia summit in Singapore in October.

SCIENCE SHORT

Probiotics offer prospect of cheap, eco-friendly nanoparticles

The use of probiotics for the biosynthesis of metallic nanoparticles (MNPs) may offer a cheaper, more eco-friendly alternative to previous production methods, says a new review.

Study opens possibility of using algae to manage inflammation via the microbiome

Algal solution: Could Spirulina modify the microbiome to protect against age-related damage?

Spirulina might help protect against age-related liver inflammation by modifying pathways in the microbiome, say researchers.

Biosearch Life’s mastitis remedy another casualty of EFSA’s probiotic rejection list

Regulatory authorities have rejected Biosearch Life’s health claim relating to its probiotic strain and its role in decreasing Staphylococcus load in breast milk, which is a risk factor for infectious mastitis....

Infant gut bacteria link with smarter toddlers: Study

The make-up of babies’ gut microbiomes may be associated with with later cognitive development, suggests new research.

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?