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Breastmilk gut bacteria discovery could boost infant formula development

‘Good’ gut bacteria may arrive in a baby’s digestive system direct from its mother’s gut via breast milk, Swiss researchers have found – a discovery they claim could lead to...

BioGaia probiotic shows dental health benefits: Clinical trial

Sucking on a probiotic lozenge may produce “significant additional clinical improvements” to scaling and root planing for people with chronic periodontitis, says a new study.

It's all in the genes: Researchers unravel genetic mechanism behind microbiome colonisation

A set of newly identified genes may explain how and why microbes are able to colonise our gut in a stable, say researchers.

IPA questions scope of conclusions of study that found no effect of probiotics on diarrhea

The International Probiotics Association has identified several issues with the design of a recently published study finding no effect of probiotics on antibiotic associated diarrhea (AAD) or Clostridium difficile diarrhea...

‘Largest’ study questions probiotic diarrhoea benefits

Probiotic supplements may have no benefit for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in elderly people, according to new data from the largest study ever to look at the issue.

Probiotic supplement may offer autism benefits: Study

Supplementation with the probiotic nutritional supplement Delpro may have a beneficial effect on bowel issues associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), new research has suggested.

Chr Hansen files global probiotic immunity patent

A Lactobacillus rhamnosus probiotic blend can battle chest infections, says Danish probiotics leader Chr Hansen in a global patent application.

Beijing plant is DuPont’s first step in ready-to-market probiotics

In 2011, DuPont bought a food processing plant to the north of Beijing and straight away began to convert it into a blending and packaging site for its dietary supplements.

Probiotics may ‘counter obesity and diabetes’: NIH study

A daily dose of probiotics may prevent weight gain and insulin resistance in mice, says a new study from scientists at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) with implications...

Spanish firm develops probiotics with metal nano particles for tumour treatment

Spanish firm Biosearch Life has applied for a patent for the tumour treating potential of Bifidobacterium probiotics infused with magnetic nano metals.

Irish microbiota research centre to receive €50m boost

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) in Cork, Ireland has received a €36m investment from the Irish government that will fund its research activities for at least another six years, its...

Modifying microbial fermentation conditions can improve probiotic survival

Small variations in the growth conditions of probiotics may have a major effect on their survival and robustness, according to new research.

International probiotics group engages EFSA over evidence ‘totality’

The increasingly vocal International Probiotics Association (IPA) has sent a series of formal questions to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) about evidential requirements for probiotics.

Probiotics have no benefit for IBS, finds new RCT data

Consumption of a probiotic containing functional food product has no clinical benefits for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) when compared to a placebo treatment, according to new clinical trial...

Synbiotic supplements may influence metabolic status for diabetics: RCT data

A combination of probiotics and prebiotics may reduce levels of markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, suggest findings of a new study publishing in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

Probiotic may boost vitamin D levels: First human data

Daily supplements of probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 may boost circulating vitamin D levels in the blood by 25%, say results of a post-hoc analysis of a published randomized controlled trial....

Infant formula use linked to 'metabolic stress' and later disease risks: Study

Infants that are fed formula rather than breast milk may experience metabolic stress that plays a role in long suggested long-term risks for obesity, diabetes and other diseases, say researchers.

Yoghurt group lobbies EC over probiotic labelling ban

An industry group that includes Danone and Dupont-Danisco as members has written to the European Commission to reinstate the use of the EU-banned term ‘probiotic’ on products across the bloc.

Ireland: Even terms like ‘live cultures’ are implied (& banned) EU probiotic health claims

Irish authorities have clarified the country’s position in regard to probiotic health claims, taking a literal reading of the EU position that the term ‘probiotic’ alone is an implied health...

"We hope these results will prompt physicians to consider its use.”

Evidence solidifies behind probiotic benefits for antibiotic-associated diarrhoea

The capacity of probiotics to ease diarrhoea and other problems associated with antibiotic use in some patients has received fresh backing after a review of studies conducted by University of...

Microbiota project seeks answers to better elderly nutrition

An Irish government-backed project with multiple partners is investigating links between the gut microbiota and elderly nutrition.

Cochrane: Probiotics may reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea

Consuming supplements and food containing probiotics may reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, according to a systematic review from the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.

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Microwarriors 2: Leonard Nimoy signs up to narrate new probiotics documentary

Following the success of the first Microwarriors documentary, Health Point Productions is now working on the sequel: Microwarriors 2, with Leonard Nimoy lined up to narrate.

Probiotics again linked to fat and weight loss: RCT data

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055) may help weight loss in people with obese tendencies, says a new study from Japan.

Symrise wins €125m EIB loan for nutrition and skin R&D

Cosmetics and nutrition are the focal points for a €125m research and development loan gained by supplier Symrise.