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‘Enhanced probiotics’ pave the way in tackling malnutrition

‘Smart’ gut bacteria that can improve the fermentation process? Super-efficient microorganisms that can turn empty calories into complete nutritional food?

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Danone fails in prebiotic infant microbiome patent challenge

French dairy and probiotics giant Danone has failed to shut down an infant microbiome-focused prebiotic composition patent, after a European Patent Office (EPO) ruling.

Multi-strain probiotic could aid gut health – even if you’re healthy

A daily dose of multispecies probiotic could help improve intestinal health even in healthy people, according to new observational data.

Consumers willing to pay 75% more for known ingredients: Survey

Branding ingredients has a mixed record of success but a survey reveals worldwide demand for recognisable ingredients.

Probiotics have a ‘positive effect’ on stress and anxiety: Meta-analysis

Probiotics consumption may have advantageous effects on mental health by lessening the psychological symptoms of perceived stress, depression and anxiety, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

BioGaia expands in Japan with new probiotics deals

Swedish probiotics supplier BioGaia has signed two major deals in Japan with Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc. 

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Firms invest €1.25m in ‘next generation of probiotic products’ for pregnant women

Swedish biotek firm MetaboGen is developing probiotic products to tackle pregnancy itching with Swiss player Ferring.

Probiotic shows post-treatment throat infection efficacy in children

Evidence for the BLIS K12 probiotic strain's role in oral health continues to build momentum as a study highlights its protective effects against multiple non-streptococcal infections even after its use was...

Digitised gut bacteria sheds new light on nutrient influence

The behaviour of gut bacteria has been recreated digitally in computer simulations that model metabolic processes taking place and explain how they affect the health of the human host.

‘Yo-yo diet’ weight gain may be caused by gut bacteria

Rapid post-diet weight gain, often referred to as yo-yo dieting, could be a result of obesogenic gut bacteria which remain even after weight loss, say researchers who hope their findings...

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Does Parkinson's start in the gut? Study reinforces gut-brain link

Parkinson’s disease may be triggered by gut microbes, according to a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) study that points to probiotics as a potential therapy for the disease.

Gut instinct: Irish art exhibition explores food, mood & the ‘psychobiome’

Irish microbiome scientists have helped curate an Irish art exhibition exploring the influence of food on mood, informed by mounting science around the gut-brain axis.

Probiotics boost athletes’ immune system defenses: Study

Taking daily probiotics may help boost immune systems of training athletes and reduce their risk of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI), a study has found.

Personalised nutrition: Thoughts from industry leaders at HiE

Personalised nutrition continues to inch its way into the mainstream but is progress certain and what challenges remain? And what is biohacking?

'In five years this will be routine': Map My Gut start-up offers personalised microbiome advice

Giving personalised gut health advice will be routine medical practice in five years, predicts the researcher behind the new start-up Map My Gut and big gut data projects British Gut...

Common probiotic yoghurt strain reduces stress & anxiety in fish: Study

Lactobacillus plantarum has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in fish and improve vitamin absorption, according to a study.

Probiotic oral cavity-reduction potential has bite, study shows

A supplement containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus could enhance dental health by reducing tooth decay, according to a Chilean study.

IPA and ISAPP collaborate on new paper about probiotic use in at-risk populations

Pharmacists should verify GMP compliance, check pathogen and toxin testing, and seek out products with 3rd party certifications before recommending probiotic products to at-risk individuals, says a new paper from...

Probiotics improve cognitive function among patients with severe dementia: Clinical trial

Researchers believe they have shown for the first time that probiotics can improve cognitive function in humans, following a clinical trial with elderly Alzheimer’s patients aged 60-95.

Directing psychobiotic ‘talk’ via gut-brain network key to neurological benefits: Study

Controlling communication between probiotics and the brain is the next challenge for scientists as an Oxford University review outlines strategies for their use in treating brain disorders and enhancing cognition.

MassChallenge donates millions in its first Swiss awards

Swiss accelerator backs 6 start-ups in fairtrade coffee, food fraud, probiotics & more

Swiss start-up incubator MassChallenge has dished out almost €1.4m in funding to food based start-ups that are offering the industry a new approach to fair trade coffee; a device to...

Probiotic improves pregnancy outcomes in antibiotic-treated women: Study

A vaginal probiotic may improve pregnancy outcomes in women who receive antibiotic treatment for a condition that can cause premature birth.

Probiotic supplements on rise in global €40bn market

Latest data from Euromonitor International shows the global probiotics market is worth about €40bn, yoghurt continues to be the dominant mode of delivery although probiotic supplements are growing fastest.

Is it time to admit it's impossible to get a probiotic health claim?

If the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) continues to treat probiotics like pharmaceuticals, it will never be possible to win a health claim, says the European arm of the International...

Cultured thoughts: The emerging areas of probiotics and prebiotics

The last few years have seen a surge in gut microbiota studies that stretch far beyond digestive health benefits, weight management and immune system support. But what direction is this sector...

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