Every year, people are encouraged to get flu shots, wash their hands, and cover their mouths to reduce their risk of acquiring and spreading the flu, the common cold, bronchitis, and other acute respiratory infections. But a recent study suggests that preventing acute respiratory illnesses may be as simple as taking probiotics.
A recent study sponsored by Chr. Hansen has determined that if certain strains of probiotics were administered to the U.S. public, healthcare costs related to respiratory infections would decrease by up to $1.4 billion. The study included research from two different independent clinical trials, which was used to help determine whether probiotics would boost the immune systems of study participants to the point that their ability to fight off respiratory illnesses would improve. The rationale is that certain probiotics would increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the gut microbiome, which scientists say may play a role in the immune response. The results of the independent clinical trials indicated that the people who took probiotics experienced substantive shorter durations of respiratory illnesses than the people who took placebos. This was true even for respiratory illnesses with viral origins.
Using an economic model they created, the study’s authors assessed the healthcare savings that would occur if most of the U.S. population used probiotics prophylactically. They concluded that the savings would likely range between $373 million and $1.4 billion. According to a press release by Chr. Hansen, two of its probiotic strains are among the probiotics that performed well in the independent trials.
A novel approach to 3-D printing has allowed researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to 3-D print chocolate-based products at room temperature using cold extrusion.
A team of 12 students from the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has won a gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston for its bee-free honey.
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Nielsen Global Connect has released its Top 25 Breakthrough Innovation winners for 2019. For close to a decade, this list has been the gold standard in recognizing innovation and global success within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) space. Of the 25 winners, 15 of the products are from food companies.
The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, and Infarm, an urban farming network, have announced a partnership that will bring modular living produce farms to North America.
The NC Food Innovation Lab (NCFIL) will open on November 14, with a ribbon cutting, facility tour, and open house celebration. NCFIL is a 16,000-square-foot plant-based food processing and product development facility located on the 350-acre North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C.
The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the Food System Vision Prize—inviting organizations, universities, institutions, companies, cooperatives, and partnerships from around the world to create compelling and progressive visions of the world’s system by 2050.
Future Meat Technologies has closed a $14 million series A funding round led by S2G Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital firm, and Emerald Technology Ventures, a Swiss-based venture capital firm.