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Viruses Aren’t All Nasty – Some Can Actually Protect Our Health

Viruses are mostly known for their aggressive and infectious nature. It’s true, most viruses have a pathogenic relationship with their hosts – meaning they cause diseases ranging from a mild cold to serious conditions like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). They work by invading the host cell, taking over its cellular machinery and releasing new […]

Optimal Diet And Bacteria Combination Limits Cancer Progression

A combination of prebiotics, such as dietary fibre, and probiotics, i.e. specific beneficial bacteria, reduces the expression of pro-carcinogenic and drug resistance genes, new research indicates. The combination, found by a team of scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) and the Life Sciences Research Unit (LSRU) at the University of Luxembourg, leads […]

Probiotics During Pregnancy May Reduce Postnatal Depression

Probiotics taken in pregnancy can help prevent or treat symptoms of postnatal depression and anxiety, according to researchers from the University of Auckland and Otago. The Probiotics in Pregnancy Study is a two-centre study (Wellington and Auckland) funded by the Health Research Council and Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, which is primarily examining the effect of […]

Probiotic Combo Improves Symptoms Of Seasonal Allergies

A probiotic combination might help reduce hay fever symptoms, if it’s taken during allergy season, new University of Florida research shows. Scientists already know that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, sold as Kyo-Dophilus in stores, helps maintain digestive health and parts of the immune system. They suspect that probiotics might work by increasing […]

Psychobiotics And The Gut–brain Axis

Psychobiotics are living organisms that, on sufficient ingestion, produce a health benefit in patients with psychiatric, or neurological, illnesses. Research to understand the impact of psychobiotics on the gut–brain axis, enteric nervous system, and oral-microbiome, is currently under way. Psychobiotics is a relatively recent term. While it’s been known for over a century that bacteria […]