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Practical Applications of Probiotics in Health and DiseasePME logo

Probiotics are a diverse group of live microbes defined by FAO/WHO as "live microorganisms which when administered in sufficient quantities can confer a health benefit." The field of probiotics is an evolving field. Used historically around the world for health promotion and therapeutic purposes, probiotics have now become mainstream in the United States and are part of a huge food and supplement market.

Research continues to emerge, supporting the use of different probiotics strains in a variety of conditions. The research now suggests that these "healthy" bacteria have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal dysfunctions, including diarrhea, as well as the immune system and conditions such as allergy, in children, adults, and the elderly.

Recently, at the 49th Annual Meeting of the American College of Nutrition, experts in the field of probiotics shared new data and insights on the "Practical Applications of Probiotics in Health and Disease." This meeting was held on October 3, 2008 in Arlington, VA.

The potential use for probiotics in maintaining health, improving health, and in the treatment of conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease were discussed throughout the lifespan.

W. Allan Walker, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Simin N. Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D., FACN, Tufts University, Boston, MA

Below are links to each of the presentations. Each of the links will open the presentation in a new window. System Requirements: You will need Macromedia's Flash player to view these presentations.

The Potential Use for Probiotics in Health
Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD
Executive Director
International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP)

Probiotics and Pediatrics
W. Allan Walker, MD
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Director, the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory
Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Boston, MA

Probiotics and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Stefano Guandalini, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Section Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Director, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

Could Probiotics Help the Elderly?
Simin Meydani, DVM, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Jean Mayer USDA HNRCA at Tufts University
Boston, MA

This program was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from The Dannon Company, Inc. and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.


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