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Multi-species probiotics again show benefits for IBS sufferers: RCT data

A combination of six probiotic species may relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), say results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

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.

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.

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....

Probiotics may boost mental performance for diabetics: Animal data

Daily consumption of probiotics may improve the mental performance of lab animals with diabetes, says a new study that supports the potential benefits of an optimal microbiome–gut–brain axis.

"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...

AREDS2, FDA warning letters, and GMO labeling: May 2013 in pictures

There wasn’t a dull moment in May for the US dietary supplements industry, with the highly anticipated AREDS2 data being published, FDA enforcement, and the GMO issue all making headlines....

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.

UK National Health Service undertakes probiotic colon study

King’s College Hospital in London is investigating the potential of a proprietary probiotic blend to benefit those suffering from diverticular disease.

'A big step forward': Probiotics may alter brain activity in healthy people, says Danone/UCLA data

Daily supplements of a fermented milk product containing five different probiotic strains may affect the parts of the brain linked to emotion and sensation, says a new study from UCLA...

Micropharma’s cholesterol-busting probiotic ready for US food, beverage and supplements market

With ten years of work behind it, two clinical trials (plus results of a third ready for publication), and Groupe Danone on-board, Canada’s Micropharma is rolling out its cholesterol-lowering Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB...

BLIS-K12’s oral health benefits get support from 2 clinical trials

Supplements containing the probiotic BLIS K12 ingredient may reduce the reoccurrence of throat infections and tonsillitis by up to 90%, according to data from new clinical trials from Italy.

Live from Probiotech and Microbiota 2013

The data jungle: Matching gene content to probiotic traits could offer industry fresh hope

The probiotic industry is fighting several big fights at the minute, not least in the battle to win the first EFSA approved health claim in the market. But are the...

Study identifies potential new probiotics for supplements and functional foods

Spanish scientists have identified three bacterial strains that have ‘the potential to be used as probiotics in functional foods’ due to their ability to inhibit the growth of pathogenic strains...

Gut microbes may have role in autoimmune protection: Study

Early exposure to normal gut microbes could help to protect against the later development of autoimmune diseases, according to new research in mice.

Chr Hansen backs fresh probiotic immunity trial

Danish probiotics leader Chr Hansen, which ditched a €4m immunity trial for some of its probiotic strains last year, is participating in a new trial to determine if probiotics can...

Probiotic plus aloe shows cholesterol-lowering potential: Animal data

Combining probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG supplements with aloe vera may slash cholesterol levels by over 40%, suggests a new study with lab rats.

Yakult brushes aside claims that poor management led to Yakult Argentina dissolution

Yakult has brushed aside claims by a number of former employees that its Argentinian business was dissolved as a result of poor management in recent years.

Probiotic society disputes research bias accusations

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) has refuted accusations that probiotic researchers under-report negative or neutral results due to corporate interest.

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Scientists map genome for BLIS K12 probiotic

Europe-based scientists have mapped the genome of the probiotic BLIS K12 strain, finding no negative traits and supporting the safety of the strain.

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