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Review: Postbiotics show promise, even if method of action is unclear

By Hank Schultz

The use of postbiotics could be an attractive alternative to prebiotics in immunocompromised children and adults, according to a recent review. But the lack of a definition of the term is still a complicating factor in determining effectiveness, the...

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Prebiotics group concurs with $5.5 billion figure on global market

By Hank Schultz

Growing consumer awareness along with demand in animal nutrition is driving the overall growth of prebiotics, which a trade group says will account for $5.5 billion in sales in 2019. Better messaging can help maintain that momentum, the group says.

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Study: Yogurt and fibre-rich diet may reduce lung cancer risk

By Nikki Hancocks

A diet high in fibre and yogurt is strongly associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer thanks to their prebiotic and probiotic properties, according to a study involving data from 1.4 million adults in the US, Europe and Asia.

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IBD prevalence study reveals 'alarming' stats

By Nikki Hancocks

The number of people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is three times higher than previous estimates, with sufferers also at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC), according to new research.