Working Toward Evidence-Based Use of Probiotics

Researchers who understand the current state of evidence for probiotics to manage some health conditions are sometimes frustrated with the slow pace of incorporation of probiotic interventions into medical practice. Although evidence for some indications is limited based on quality … Continue reading

What’s in a name? The changing Lactobacillus nomenclature

One thing scientists can agree on is that the Lactobacillus genus is too heterogeneous. It does not conform to taxonomic conventions. The genome sizes of included species range from 1.23Mb (L. sanfranciscensis) to 4.91 Mb (L. parakefiri). The G+C content … Continue reading

Probiotics May Reduce Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children

We often hear probiotics criticized that they “don’t do anything for healthy people.” This admonition ignores data, which I’ve disputed (see past post). And a new, open-access meta-analysis suggests another possible benefit of probiotics for healthy people: probiotic administration is … Continue reading