Category : IBS

Recently, an (open-access) article co-authored with colleagues Hans Törnblom & Magnus Simrén appeared in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Crosstalk at the mucosal border: importance of the gut microenvironment in IBS. This review addresses the complex pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We discuss four factors that may be involved: Gut microbiota composition Increased intestinal permeability Imbalance in the…

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Recently, an (open-access) article co-authored with colleagues Hans Törnblom & Magnus Simrén appeared in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Crosstalk at the mucosal border: importance of the gut microenvironment in IBS. This review addresses the complex pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We discuss four factors that may be involved: Gut microbiota composition Increased intestinal permeability Imbalance in the…

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GMFH Editing Team

While a lot of research in gut microbiota is focused on the bacterial community, little research data is available on the microeukaryotic community. Knowledge about the role of the microeukaryotic community in the gut and its interaction with the bacterial community and its host is insufficient (Anderson et al., 2013). One of the commonly observed microeukaryotes is Blastocystis. There is ongoing…

Sudarshan Shetty
PhD candidate at Wageningen UR, studying the human gut microbiome for understanding its role and function in human health.

While a lot of research in gut microbiota is focused on the bacterial community, little research data is available on the microeukaryotic community. Knowledge about the role of the microeukaryotic community in the gut and its interaction with the bacterial community and its host is insufficient (Anderson et al., 2013). One of the commonly observed microeukaryotes is Blastocystis. There is ongoing…

Sudarshan Shetty
PhD candidate at Wageningen UR, studying the human gut microbiome for understanding its role and function in human health.

In this contribution, GMFH board member Mary Ellen Sanders analyzes one of our recent website selections:  Veiga et al. (2014) Changes of the human gut microbiome induced by a fermented milk product. Probiotics are a promising means to manipulate the microbiome, but there is little evidence that they can do this by changing the microbiota composition. Yes, the genus or…

Mary Ellen Sanders
Mary Ellen Sanders is a consultant in the area of probiotic microbiology, with special expertise on paths to scientific substantiation of probiotic product label claims. Dr. Sanders served as the founding president of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) and is currently the organization’s Director of Scientific Affairs/ Executive Officer. This international, non-profit association of academic and industrial scientists is dedicated to advancing the science of probiotics and prebiotics (www.isapp.net). Through numerous written, oral and video pieces, including a website, www.usprobiotics.org, she strives to provide objective, evidence-based information on probiotics for consumers and professionals. Key activities include: Panels to determine GRAS status of probiotic strains ; member of the American Gastroenterological Association Scientific Advisory Board for AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education ; World Gastroenterology Organisation Committee preparing practice guidelines for the use of probiotics and prebiotics for GI indications (2008, 2011, 2014) ; working group convened by the FAO/WHO that developed guidelines for probiotics (2002).

In this contribution, GMFH board member Mary Ellen Sanders analyzes one of our recent website selections:  Veiga et al. (2014) Changes of the human gut microbiome induced by a fermented milk product. Probiotics are a promising means to manipulate the microbiome, but there is little evidence that they can do this by changing the microbiota composition. Yes, the genus or…

Mary Ellen Sanders
Mary Ellen Sanders is a consultant in the area of probiotic microbiology, with special expertise on paths to scientific substantiation of probiotic product label claims. Dr. Sanders served as the founding president of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) and is currently the organization’s Director of Scientific Affairs/ Executive Officer. This international, non-profit association of academic and industrial scientists is dedicated to advancing the science of probiotics and prebiotics (www.isapp.net). Through numerous written, oral and video pieces, including a website, www.usprobiotics.org, she strives to provide objective, evidence-based information on probiotics for consumers and professionals. Key activities include: Panels to determine GRAS status of probiotic strains ; member of the American Gastroenterological Association Scientific Advisory Board for AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education ; World Gastroenterology Organisation Committee preparing practice guidelines for the use of probiotics and prebiotics for GI indications (2008, 2011, 2014) ; working group convened by the FAO/WHO that developed guidelines for probiotics (2002).

Dr. Stephen Collins is a gastroenterologist and a researcher at McMaster University in Canada. Collins’ recent studies on the functional relevance of the gut microbiota, in collaboration with Dr. R. DePalma & Dr. P. Bercik, were recently presented at the American Gastroenterological Society’s annual meeting. Meanwhile, in April 2014, his review of the role of the gut microbiota in Irritable…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

Dr. Stephen Collins is a gastroenterologist and a researcher at McMaster University in Canada. Collins’ recent studies on the functional relevance of the gut microbiota, in collaboration with Dr. R. DePalma & Dr. P. Bercik, were recently presented at the American Gastroenterological Society’s annual meeting. Meanwhile, in April 2014, his review of the role of the gut microbiota in Irritable…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

One year at a glance is the compilation of the most relevant and popular content on gut microbiota as published on the GMFH website.   The topic is rapidly growing across all fields of expertise and questions it raises are endless. It seems that hardly a day goes without gut microbiota being related to the health status (enterotypes, second genotype, ageing),…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

One year at a glance is the compilation of the most relevant and popular content on gut microbiota as published on the GMFH website.   The topic is rapidly growing across all fields of expertise and questions it raises are endless. It seems that hardly a day goes without gut microbiota being related to the health status (enterotypes, second genotype, ageing),…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

(Berlin, October 16, 2013) Clinicians with gastrointestinal (GI) patients often wish – and are asked by their patients – to recommend specific probiotics. However, a clear and accessible evidence-based reference guide on the role and effectiveness of specific probiotics and their clinical use for managing particular lower gastrointestinal problems has been lacking so far. Now a new reference guide, which…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

(Berlin, October 16, 2013) Clinicians with gastrointestinal (GI) patients often wish – and are asked by their patients – to recommend specific probiotics. However, a clear and accessible evidence-based reference guide on the role and effectiveness of specific probiotics and their clinical use for managing particular lower gastrointestinal problems has been lacking so far. Now a new reference guide, which…

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GMFH Editing Team

Microbiota research opens up promising paths for improving the diagnosis — online press conference at 2nd World Summit “Gut Microbiota For Health” held on 26 February (24 February 2013) An estimated 50 per cent of patients consulting a gastroenterologist suffer from functional bowel disorders (FBD), such as dyspepsia or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is characteristic for these conditions that underlying…

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Microbiota research opens up promising paths for improving the diagnosis — online press conference at 2nd World Summit “Gut Microbiota For Health” held on 26 February (24 February 2013) An estimated 50 per cent of patients consulting a gastroenterologist suffer from functional bowel disorders (FBD), such as dyspepsia or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is characteristic for these conditions that underlying…

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Speakers: Sigrid Elsenbruch (Germany), Qasim Aziz (UK) The power of the placebo effect was first reported by Henry Beecher in 1955 in his seminal paper on the substitution of saline placebo for opiates in pain management when supplies of opiates were exhausted. Since then, the last 50 years have witnessed an explosion in the number of publications investigating the effects…

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Speakers: Sigrid Elsenbruch (Germany), Qasim Aziz (UK) The power of the placebo effect was first reported by Henry Beecher in 1955 in his seminal paper on the substitution of saline placebo for opiates in pain management when supplies of opiates were exhausted. Since then, the last 50 years have witnessed an explosion in the number of publications investigating the effects…

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