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Scientists connect gut microbiota disruption with multiple sclerosis onset

Gastro dysbiosis has been implicated in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) as a study continues to lay bare the gut microbiota’s influence on a range of chronic conditions.  ...

All you need to know about Britain's Brussels blow

A dummies' guide to Brexit

Confused about all this talk about Brexit in that far-away rainy country of crumpets and Beatles? Not quite sure who Nigel Farage is? (Lucky you.) Well we’re here to guide...

Chr. Hansen posts more ‘modest’ results for EU human health

Danish probiotic supplier Chr. Hansen has reported more modest growth within EU human health and nutrition, saying its success and failure hinges on that of probiotic launches on shelf. 

Prebiotics & probiotics may ease gut-centric chronic fatigue syndrome: Study

Signs of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have been found in the gut bacteria in research conducted at Cornell University, which questions whether the disease originates in the brain.

Academics announce Sino-British probiotics research centre

Chinese academics have collaborated with British counterparts to launch a UK-China Joint-Centre for Probiotic Research.

Long chain inulin & chitosan offer probiotic protection: Study

A coating of long chain inulin and chitosan could offer better protection for probiotics in the gut, say researchers.

Industry reaction: What #Brexit means for UK & EU nutrition sectors

For the first time the European Union has lost a member after the British people yesterday voted to leave the bloc which began life as the European Economic Community in 1951.

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Denmark funds microbiota research on ‘probiotic’ phages

A University of Copenhagen research project into the use of phages to manipulate gut microbiota is one of 164 “promising projects” to receive funding from the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF)....

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High-fibre diet & vitamin A combine to keep allergies at bay

Sticking to a high-fibre diet has been shown to instruct the immune system to tolerate foods like peanuts that can set off serious allergies, research has shown.

Loss of diverse gut bacterium may cause autistic behaviours

The absence of one specific bacterial species in the gut is associated with the development of social behaviour that falls within a range of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to...

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Brexit vs Bremain: How would you vote?

The moment has come. After much debate the UK will have its EU referendum this Thursday. The question: 'Should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?'...

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Danish probiotic player expands operations

Private label probiotics specialist Bifodan has upped its production capacity and installed machinery to account for “new product formulations and packaging solutions”.

Why Holland & Barrett has seen 27.5% online sales growth in a year

Online sales for Holland & Barrett grew by 27.5% last year, which the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) says is thanks to its omni-channel strategy during exponential global expansion.

Public figure profile: Basil Mathioudakis

'EU food regulation is world's best': EC veteran on life after DG SANTE

After retiring last February as head of the European Commission’s DG SANTE food legislation unit, Basil Mathioudakis is spreading the world globally about the merits of the EU’s food and...

Probiotic strain may help prevent obesity

Probiotic strain Lactobacillus gasseri activates ‘multiple actions’ that may work in synergy to prevent obesity, Japanese research in rats has suggested.

Probiotic pick up: Probi to double sales with Nutraceutix acquisition

Probi has acquired US probiotic player Nutraceutix for a preliminary cash price of $105m (€92.41m), a move which takes the Swedish supplier’s US client base from just a handful of...

Japanese consumption, Chinese growth spur global demand for probiotics

Probiotics manufacturers are increasingly witnessing the rising importance of Asia-Pacific as growing awareness of the health benefits of “good” bacteria continue to drive global growth.

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What we saw at Vitafoods Europe 2016

The Healthy Marketing Team (HMT) were impressed – mostly – by what they saw at the 20th year of Vitafoods Europe in Geneva last month from probiotics to novel powders to...

RCT: Probiotic reduces antibiotic-associated diarrhoea

A Lactobacillus probiotic has been shown to reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD) in a clinical study.

Future microbiome studies boosted by ‘multi-omics’ approach

The combination of multiple ‘omics’ technologies will give greater insights into the gut microbial communities, identifying the populations that inhabit this ecosystem, according to researchers.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

How to make supplement packaging sexier

Supplement players need to make their packaging sexier if they are to bat off competition from encroaching healthy food and drink products, says marketing expert.

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Bo & Pro gung-ho on no-dairy probiotic ice cream

Probi and food maker BoFood have inked a deal to use Probi’s probiotic strains in a vegetarian ice cream.

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IPA & Probiota Americas partnership set to break records this week

Chicago will witness the biggest ever meeting of experts from the global pre- and probiotics industry, running today (May 31) until Thursday (June 2). The combined IPA World Congress and...

Gates Foundation backs African infant microbiota project

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has signed a $100,000 (€89,485) cheque for academics from the University College Cork in Ireland to study the microbiota of infants in developing countries.

Gut-brain axis uses immune system to ‘talk,’ study shows

The gut microbiome and the brain communicate to each other via the immune system, a study has shown as researchers delve deeper into the so-called 'gut-brain axis'.