Probiotic

  • ​A meta-analysis incorporating over 400 different studies has examined the effect of diet during pregnancy on a baby’s risk of developing allergies or eczema. The study concluded that a mother consuming fish oils or probiotics while pregnant can have positive effects on her baby’s well-being.
  • A new four-year follow-up study on the efficacy of a probiotic-based peanut allergy cure has revealed the majority of the original successful participants still displaying tolerance to peanuts, paving the way for the final phase of trials to bring the treatment to the public.
  • Science
    ​When it comes to foods that are a good source of probiotics, we often think of things like yogurt and dark chocolate. Beer, though? Not so much. That isn't the case with a new beer, however, created at the National University of Singapore.
  • ​In March of this year, researchers showed that a probiotic found in yogurt was able to reverse symptoms of anxiety and depression in mice. Now, in a small study involving 44 adults, investigators at McMaster University in Canada have shown a different probiotic can have the same effect in humans.
  • Researchers at Cornell University have successfully treated diabetic rats by engineering human lactobacilli, a probiotic common in the human gut, resulting in up to 30 percent lower blood glucose levels and giving hope that managing diabetes may one day be as easy as taking a daily probiotic pill.
  • OpenBiome is paying donors for their doo-doo in an effort to gather more materials for fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs), a relatively new, but 90 percent effective, treatment for the debilitating Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).
  • Researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have shown that a probiotic treatment involving Lactobacillus rhamnosus, has given children with peanut allergies the ability to safely eat peanuts.