Autism: A call for trials with Probiotics
Incredible claims of some probiotic manufacturers are sometimes not backed up by incredible evidence. It is particularly a problem when such products are targeted at vulnerable groups. This includes children with autism. A recent review says it is now time to run proper trials on the efficacy of probiotics in autistic [...]Continue Reading →
Obesity and Microbes: Bring on the Trials!
A recently published review has again highlighted the progress being made in unravelling a possible relationship between gut microbes and obesity. Although controversial, there is a suggestion that specific species and groups of bacteria might be associated with being obese and that they might prove worthy targets for intervention (possibly via [...]Continue Reading →
IBS: Pointing the finger at gut microbes
A combination of new technologies and some recent discoveries has led many to point the finger at gut microbes as a predisposing factor in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Let’s run this one through to see what it might mean.Continue Reading →
Infant formula study shows why it’s going to be really hard to make health claims stick
A large clinical study looking at the prevention of fever episodes by prebiotics (specific ingredients to help selected ‘healthy’ microbes grow in your gut) in infant formula has turned up a negative result. The addition of prebiotics made no difference to the number of episodes of kids getting sick. The obvious [...]Continue Reading →
Cause or consequence? Microbe associated with Cancer
A recently published study has found an association between a microbe commonly associated with the development of dental plaque and… colorectal cancer. It’s time we had a discussion about association and causation and then we can look at the implications of this research.Continue Reading →
Probiotics: functional but not as we thought
Probiotic yoghurts are popular mainly because they come labelled with claims that they are good for you. Whether this is true or not is the focus of a considerable number of studies that are ongoing at the moment. A small study, published yesterday, suggests that the impact of these yoghurt cultures on the [...]Continue Reading →
Drug effectiveness: Gut Microbes, you decide!
Drugs sometimes work and sometimes don’t, despite having clinical evidence for their effectiveness and regulatory approval to be sold. Why? Some new research suggests that gut microbes might be in the frame. We check out the research and ask what now?Continue Reading →
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