Microbiome, Diet and Health News

Microbiome, Diet and Health in the “Daily News”

  • Probiotics may alter brain function (May 30, 2013). A study published in Gastroenterology shows that probiotics in food may alter brain function in humans.
  • Human genes may influence gut microbial composition (January 9, 2013).  The study, published as a letter to the journal Gut, reported that the human genome may play a role in determining the makeup of the billions of microbes in the human gastrointestinal tract. 
  • Gut microorganisms may cause heart disease (April 8, 2011). This study published in the journal Nature reported that researchers have discovered a new digestive pathway that links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora with an increased risk of heart disease.
  • Gut health products showing steady growth (April 28, 2010). The press release reported that consumer demand for food and beverage products that bear digestive health claims has continued to increase despite economic downturn and disputes over claim validity.
  • Gluten-free diet may decrease healthy gut microbiota (May 28, 2009).  A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition reported that following a gluten-free diet may lower populations of beneficial gut bacteria
  • Synbiotic may improve gut health in elderly  (January 28, 2009).  A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition observed that consumption of a synbiotic—a combination of a probiotic, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, and a prebiotic, lactitol—may improve gut and immune health in the elderly.


Microbiome, Diet and Health in the “Weekly News”