Irritable Bowel Syndrome

'We may be in reach of relieving not only gut pain but also anxiety and depression that arises from gut disease.' ©iStock

'a breakthrough in conceptualising IBS'

Two-way gut-brain axis links mood disorders with gut complaints

By Will Chu

A brain-to-gut pathway, where neurological symptoms begin first, may explain why higher levels of anxiety and depression are predictors of developing gastrointestinal disorders, a study has determined. 

Canadian authorities gives Lesaffre product health claims approval

IBS health claims approval

By Nicholas Robinson

Lesaffre Human Care, the northern France-headquartered manufacturer of bacteria-based health ingredients, has received health claims approval from the Canadian Health Authorities (CHA) for its product Ibsium, which helps to relieve the symptoms associated...

Probiotics are widely recommended by medical bodies in Europe and beyond, the International Yakult Symposium was told

Dispatches from the International Yakult Symposium

No health claims but probiotics remain on medical agenda

By Shane Starling from Berlin

Probiotics are yet to win a health claim in the European Union but they continue to receive backing by various bodies for gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea.

Professor Ambroise Martin: “My personal opinion would be that I have no problem with the word ‘probiotic’.”

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

EFSA commits to fresh gut and immune health claim guidance


The EU’s central food science agency will next month open a consultation on immune and gut health that will inform a revised guidance that could come before year’s end and may appease sector anxiety.

Probiotics have no benefit for IBS, finds new RCT data

Probiotics have no benefit for IBS, finds new RCT data

By Nathan Gray

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 data.

King’s College backs probiotic

King’s College backs probiotic at gastroenterology conference

By Shane Starling

Research backing the gastrointestinal potential of a multi-strain probiotic-fibre product is being presented at United European Gastroenterology Congress in Amsterdam today – a rare speaking opportunity at a medical-focused event with 12,000 attendees.

Protexin buys €2m+ UK pre-probiotic brand

Protexin buys €2m+ UK pre-probiotic brand

By Shane Starling

UK firm Probiotics International (Protexin) has acquired fellow UK digestive products maker, The Healthy Bowels Company, in an undisclosed deal that sees Protexin gain control of €2m+ pre-probiotic combination brand, Lepicol.

Electrolysed water not proven to benefit Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), osteoporosis, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, blood pressure, allergies, hayfever, Athlete’s Foot, degenerative diseases and gout, rules the ASA

UK company to fight ASA antioxidant water ad ban

By Shane Starling

The UK company behind a high pH, electrolysed water product says it fully expected the advertising watchdog to rule against its cancer, ageing and other claims, and will appeal.

The gut feeling is good between Probi and Institut Rosell as they extend probiotic link

Canadian Institut Rosell agrees probiotic deal with Probi

By Mike Stones

French Canadian company Institut Rosell has agreed a seven-year partnership with Swedish probiotic research and the development firm Probi covering dietary supplements based on its bacterial Lp299v strain.

Lesaffre launches IBS probiotic yeast

Lesaffre launches IBS probiotic yeast

By Shane Starling

The human nutrition division of French yeast specialist Lesaffre has launched what it says is only the second known probiotic yeast, and the first to directly target Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Could probiotics affect behaviour?

Could probiotics affect behaviour?

By Stephen Daniells

Increasing knowledge of how the gut and brain is opening up the possibilities for probiotics. At the 5th International Yakult Symposium in Amsterdam, Stephen Daniells met Professor John Bienenstock from McMaster University to find out where the current...


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