Highlights of the 13th Annual IMGC Symposium held in Davis, California

Highlights of the 13th Annual IMGC Symposium by Sam Westreich in SPLASH!® milk science update: October 2016 The International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) held its 13th annual conference this past September 27–29, 2016, at the University of California, Davis. With … Continue reading

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

At the 2016 meeting of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, Professors Robert Hutkins (University of Nebraska) and Maria Marco (University of California – Davis) convened a workshop on “Prebiotics and Probiotics in Fermented Foods.” Along with global … Continue reading

No Impact of Probiotics on Gut Microbiota Composition

Everyone knows that probiotics “promote a healthy microbiota composition” right? This common but unsubstantiated generalization was challenged by a recent review. Kristensen et al (2016) conducted a systematic review of seven randomized, controlled trials that assessed fecal samples using shotgun … Continue reading

Probiotics Now Clinically Recommended for Treatment of Stomach and Bowel Symptoms

Probiotics containing Lactobacillus and/or Saccharomyce prove most effective in combatting certain symptoms DAVIS, CA The consumer market for probiotic ingredients is over $40 billion and rising, but clinical research into its efficacy has been sparse and diffuse. A new study … Continue reading

Probiotics in Infancy Associated with Lower Risk of Type-1 Diabetes

Since 20014, a prospective study in the United States and Europe has evaluated type-1 diabetes (T1DM)-related autoantibodies in children (Uusitalo, et al. 2016). These antibodies are proteins made by a person’s immune system that attack that person’s own insulin-secreting (islet) … Continue reading