Category : Probiotics

Childhood undernutrition affects millions of children worldwide and has long-term severe effects, which include stunted growth and impaired cognitive development, among others. A recent study, led by Dr. Jeffrey Gordon from the Centre for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (USA), found that gut bacteria could be considered a useful tool for…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Childhood undernutrition affects millions of children worldwide and has long-term severe effects, which include stunted growth and impaired cognitive development, among others. A recent study, led by Dr. Jeffrey Gordon from the Centre for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (USA), found that gut bacteria could be considered a useful tool for…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Currently, there is no scientific consensus on the efficacy of probiotics to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Authors of this paper attempted a meta-analysis of 56 studies on single-strain and multi-strain probiotics for the treatment of IBS, but trials were so heterogeneous when it came to probiotic concentration, duration of treatment, and methodology, that the meta-analysis was abandoned. Instead, they…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

Currently, there is no scientific consensus on the efficacy of probiotics to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Authors of this paper attempted a meta-analysis of 56 studies on single-strain and multi-strain probiotics for the treatment of IBS, but trials were so heterogeneous when it came to probiotic concentration, duration of treatment, and methodology, that the meta-analysis was abandoned. Instead, they…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

In recent years, there is growing interest in alternative treatments for both inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Clinical trials are underway to test the potential of probiotics and their metabolic substrates, which are called prebiotics. The underlying principle is that the microbiome might be targeted by providing the metabolic fuel (prebiotics) needed for the growth and expansion of…

Stefan Jellbauer
Stefan Jellbauer is a Field Application Scientist in the Biotech industry. Previously, he was an ORISE fellow at the Food Safety division of the FDA and a Postdoc in Manuela Raffatellu’s lab at University of California, Irvine, where he studied host-pathogen interactions and mucosal immunology. He obtained his PhD in 2010 from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.

In recent years, there is growing interest in alternative treatments for both inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Clinical trials are underway to test the potential of probiotics and their metabolic substrates, which are called prebiotics. The underlying principle is that the microbiome might be targeted by providing the metabolic fuel (prebiotics) needed for the growth and expansion of…

Stefan Jellbauer
Stefan Jellbauer is a Field Application Scientist in the Biotech industry. Previously, he was an ORISE fellow at the Food Safety division of the FDA and a Postdoc in Manuela Raffatellu’s lab at University of California, Irvine, where he studied host-pathogen interactions and mucosal immunology. He obtained his PhD in 2010 from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.

When talking about irritable bowel syndrome [IBS], Dr. Eamonn Quigley eschews the term 'functional disorder'. For Quigley, a gastroenterologist and researcher at Houston Methodist Hospital (USA), it's only a matter of time before the disordered physiology of IBS becomes clear. "First of all, I think it’s a 'real' condition, one that we can recognize fairly readily, [even] given that there…

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

When talking about irritable bowel syndrome [IBS], Dr. Eamonn Quigley eschews the term 'functional disorder'. For Quigley, a gastroenterologist and researcher at Houston Methodist Hospital (USA), it's only a matter of time before the disordered physiology of IBS becomes clear. "First of all, I think it’s a 'real' condition, one that we can recognize fairly readily, [even] given that there…

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

The Third International Congress of Translational Research in Human Nutrition (ICTRHN) took place in Clermont-Ferrand, France, on June 26 & 27, 2015. This post is an overview of the final ICTRHN symposium on clinical implications. (See here and here for the rest of the GMFH coverage of ICTRHN.) Prof. Karine Clément, Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition, France -- Microbiota in…

Fernando Aspiroz

The Third International Congress of Translational Research in Human Nutrition (ICTRHN) took place in Clermont-Ferrand, France, on June 26 & 27, 2015. This post is an overview of the final ICTRHN symposium on clinical implications. (See here and here for the rest of the GMFH coverage of ICTRHN.) Prof. Karine Clément, Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition, France -- Microbiota in…

Fernando Aspiroz

Two recent studies provided information on the transmission of bacteria from mother to newborn. The first one, from Milani et al., found with PCR analysis of the mother’s stool and milk samples and of the infant's stool samples, that a Bifidobacterium breve and Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum strain were transmitted from mother to child, and were persistent in the child's…

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

Two recent studies provided information on the transmission of bacteria from mother to newborn. The first one, from Milani et al., found with PCR analysis of the mother’s stool and milk samples and of the infant's stool samples, that a Bifidobacterium breve and Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum strain were transmitted from mother to child, and were persistent in the child's…

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

At the second PreProSim -- Brazilian Congress on Pre, Pro and Synbiotics --, several sessions on June 16th covered the topic of metabolic disorders and obesity. Koen Venema, Top Institute Food & Nutrition [TIFN], the Netherlands - Prebiotics and probiotics in metabolic syndrome Koen Venema says transplant studies show the microbiota can induce obesity. He introduced a review on the topic…

Fernando Aspiroz

At the second PreProSim -- Brazilian Congress on Pre, Pro and Synbiotics --, several sessions on June 16th covered the topic of metabolic disorders and obesity. Koen Venema, Top Institute Food & Nutrition [TIFN], the Netherlands - Prebiotics and probiotics in metabolic syndrome Koen Venema says transplant studies show the microbiota can induce obesity. He introduced a review on the topic…

Fernando Aspiroz

When Dr. Deanna Gibson began studying patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), she found it strange that scientists knew very little about how diet -- a controllable factor -- could alter gut microbes and gut immune responses. "[In] inflammatory bowel diseases, we know that environment is playing a role. The sheer dramatic rise in the incidence of them cannot be…

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

When Dr. Deanna Gibson began studying patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), she found it strange that scientists knew very little about how diet -- a controllable factor -- could alter gut microbes and gut immune responses. "[In] inflammatory bowel diseases, we know that environment is playing a role. The sheer dramatic rise in the incidence of them cannot be…

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

In this Nature Medicine news article, Roxanne Khamsi reports on research around the world showing the microbiome exerts an influence on the human immune system. If scientists knew how to control the key process of inflammation, they could profoundly influence the course of disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, and liver disease. Khamsi covers several possibilities on how…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

In this Nature Medicine news article, Roxanne Khamsi reports on research around the world showing the microbiome exerts an influence on the human immune system. If scientists knew how to control the key process of inflammation, they could profoundly influence the course of disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, and liver disease. Khamsi covers several possibilities on how…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

For Catherine Lozupone, formerly a researcher in the Knight and Gordon labs and now faculty at the University of Colorado, characterizing a 'healthy microbiota' or even a 'healthy diet' is far from straightforward. At Experimental Biology 2015 in March, Lozupone presented her research and brought forward a provocative idea: a healthy microbiota is one that matches your diet. She spoke…

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

For Catherine Lozupone, formerly a researcher in the Knight and Gordon labs and now faculty at the University of Colorado, characterizing a 'healthy microbiota' or even a 'healthy diet' is far from straightforward. At Experimental Biology 2015 in March, Lozupone presented her research and brought forward a provocative idea: a healthy microbiota is one that matches your diet. She spoke…

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