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ISAPP Newsletter – October 2021


In this October newsletter, Profs. Dan Merenstein MD and Eamonn Quigley MD respond to the American College of Gastroenterology decision to recommend against the use of probiotics for primary prevention of C. difficile infection. You'll also find a new blog post from Dr. Gabriel Vinderola on how the concept of postbiotics may change how we think about probiotic products.

In another post, Prof. Kelly Swanson gives a useful summary of probiotics for dogs: which dogs might benefit and what the formulations might look like.

ISAPP shares that the USDA Global Branded Food Products Database is accepting information on live microbes contained in foods and beverages.

We are also pleased to invite applications for the ISAPP Glenn Gibson Early Career Researcher Prize, open to early career researchers (fewer than 5 years from terminal degree) in the fermented foods or 'biotics' fields. 

This month, an SFA member contributes the next post in the blog series on probiotic and prebiotic research in Africa.

To all our readers who are Turkish speakers, check out our new infographic translations! Nine of ISAPP's infographics are now available in Turkish.

The American College of Gastroenterologists recommends against use of probiotics for primary or secondary prevention of C. difficile

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) recommends against use of probiotics for primary or secondary prevention of C. difficile

 
In this post, Profs. Dan Merenstein and Eamonn Quigley take a close look at the evidence used to justify ACG’s recent recommendation against the use of probiotics for the primary and secondary prevention of C. difficile infection.
 
Should the concept of postbiotics make us see probiotics from a new perspective?

Should the concept of postbiotics make us see probiotics from a new perspective?

 
It is a reality that probiotics die at all phases of production of a product, so 'killed' microbes have always co-existed with live ones. Dr. Gabriel Vinderola explores the question of whether postbiotics -- as recently defined by ISAPP -- should change our thinking about probiotics.
 

Using probiotics to support digestive health for dogs

 
A growing number of dog owners have questions about probiotics for their pet -- so in this blog post, Prof. Kelly Swanson summarizes which dogs could benefit from probiotics, and highlights some considerations for dog food formulations containing live microorganisms.
 
The USDA Global Branded Food Products Database is Now Accepting Data on Live Microbes – Call for Data Submission

The USDA Global Branded Food Products Database is Now Accepting Data on Live Microbes – Call for Data Submission

 
Of particular interest to manufacturers of probiotic products: the USDA Global Branded Food Products Database is now accepting information on live microbes in foods and beverages. The goal of this initiative is to enhance our understanding of the numbers of live microbes that populations consume from food.
 

The ISAPP Glenn Gibson Early Career Researcher Prize

 
Applications for the ISAPP Glenn Gibson Early Career Researcher Prize are now open! The winner will receive a cash prize and a speaking opportunity at an upcoming ISAPP meeting. Early career researchers are encouraged to check the criteria and consider applying.
 
High-fiber foods improve gut microbiome in type-2 diabetes mellitus and healthy individuals

High-fiber foods improve gut microbiome in type-2 diabetes mellitus and healthy individuals

 
The latest SFA blog post, written by PhD student Ifeanyi O. Oshim of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria, covers how high fiber foods, including Nigerian 'table-farm foods', may positively affect the gut microbiome in type 2 diabetes.
 

Nine ISAPP infographics now available in Turkish

 
ISAPP is now pleased to offer nine of our popular infographics in Turkish! These are linked from the list of translations on our “Infographics” webpage. A special thanks goes out to our translators, Eser Yıldırım Sozmen and Alper Baran Sozme.
 
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