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Gut-lung cross-talk: the gut microbiota in COVID-19

25/06/2020 Research shows there is a relationship between our gut and lungs, perhaps mediated via the gut microbiota and its effect on the immune system. Some reports found that 1/3 of COVID-19 patients report adverse gastrointestinal symptoms. Current research is exploring the efficacy of therapies that target the gut microbiota for respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

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Gut-lung cross-talk: the gut microbiota in COVID-19

Could a faecal transplant help with IBS?

25/06/2020 A new study by Lahtinen and colleagues has revealed that, although faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) may provide some short-term relief of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, it cannot currently be considered as a recommendation in the treatment of IBS in clinical practice. However, there is justification for more research within this area due to some interesting and positive secondary findings of this study. 

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Could a faecal transplant help with IBS?

When it comes to probiotic strains, is more better?

25/06/2020 Many assume that multi-strain probiotics are more effective than single-strain probiotics. However, in a recent review using a novel study design, which only included randomised-controlled trials using a single strain and at least one trial using the same single strain combined within a multi-strain mixture, found that, in general, the effects of single- and multi-strain probiotics are comparable. 

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When it comes to probiotic strains, is more better?

Conference Grant - Apply Now

25/06/2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, conferences were unable to go ahead as planned. Now, some are taking advantage of technology and hosting virtual events, whilst others have postponed to a later date. If there is a conference or training that you want to attend, then apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to support your attendance.

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Conference Grant - Apply Now

Our interview with Professor Philip Calder

25/06/2020 We caught up with Professor Philip Calder, Head of Human Development & Health and Professor of Nutritional Immunology within Medicine at the University of Southampton and current President of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies to find out more about his career and research.

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Our interview with Professor Philip Calder

The Gut Microbiota & Mental Health

15/05/2020 Looking after our mental health has never been more important, so we wanted to support & raise awareness of this years’ Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24th May 2020) by exploring some of the latest research into the gut microbiota & mental health.

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The Gut Microbiota & Mental Health

Exploring the oral microbiota

15/05/2020 Join us at the start of our gastrointestinal tract as we explore the oral microbiota. We look at how this community of microorganisms develops, why it is important for human health, and the factors that can influence what lives there.

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Exploring the oral microbiota

Check out our new free resources

15/05/2020 We have created some new resources as part of a ‘Guide to…’ series that explores the fundamentals of the gut microbiota, probiotics and L. casei Shirota. These resources are free to download from our website! 

 

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Check out our new free resources

Our Interview with Dr James Stewart

15/05/2020 We caught up with Dr James Stewart, the Clinical Lead for Adult Nutrition at University Hospitals of Leicester and the person behind the popular twitter page ‘Nutrition Doc’ @Leicnut, to find out more about his career and social media work to combat nutritional myths.

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Our Interview with Dr James Stewart

Nutrition & Immunity - Free Webinars

11/05/2020 Are you interested in understanding more about nutrition and immunity? We are supporting MyNutriWeb in bringing you a series of three free webinars. 

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Nutrition & Immunity - Free Webinars

The gut microbiota and sleep

20/04/2020 Poor sleep quality may be associated with having a less diverse gut microbiota, possibly linked to levels of the inflammatory marker IL-6. Furthermore, dietary strategies that module the gut microbiota could improve sleep quality in healthy people under acute stress.

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The gut microbiota and sleep

Does our gender affect our gut microbiota?

20/04/2020 Research suggests that gender may be an influential factor in shaping the composition of both human and animal gut microbiota throughout life.

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Does our gender affect our gut microbiota?

How Japan care for their ageing population

20/04/2020 In November last year, Sophie Murray - Head of Nutrition and Hydration for Sunrise Senior Living, joined us on a trip to Tokyo, Japan to learn about the healthy-ageing Japanese population. Here, she shares her account with us.

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How Japan care for their ageing population

Our Interview With Dr Marie Lewis

20/04/2020 We caught up with Dr Marie Lewis, a Lecturer in Gut Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Reading, to find out more about her career and research.

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Our Interview With Dr Marie Lewis

Yakult Travel Grant - Entry Deadline Extended

As a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic and the nature of the award, we have extended the Yakult Travel Grant deadline from 31st March 2020 to the 31st July 2020.

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Yakult Travel Grant - Entry Deadline Extended

Healthy ageing and probiotics in Japan

19/02/2020 In November last year, Dr Carrie Ruxton joined us on a trip to Tokyo, Japan to learn how about the healthy-ageing Japanese population. Here, she shares her account with us. 

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Healthy ageing and probiotics in Japan

Our interview with Professor Gregor Reid

19/02/2020 We caught up with Prof. Gregor Reid, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Surgery at Western University, to find out more about his career and research. 

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Our interview with Professor Gregor Reid

L.casei Shirota: inflammation and immunity in athletes

19/02/2020 Research suggests that Lactobacillus casei Shirota may have a positive inflammatory effect on the mucosa and systemic immune response in marathon runners.

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L.casei Shirota: inflammation and immunity in athletes

Travel Grant Winners

19/02/2020 We are pleased to announce the winners of the Yakult Travel Grant are Matthew Kelbrick and Neelu Begum – congratulations to you both. If there is a conference that you would like to attend, why not apply for the Yakult Travel Grant yourself?

 

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Travel Grant Winners

Healthcare Professional Award Winners

19/02/2020 For a number of years, Yakult has sponsored a number of healthcare professional awards. We would like to say a huge congratulations to the 2019 winners; Kirsty Jukes, Keaton Irvine and Louise Cranfield who won the CN 'Community Professional of the Year’ Award, and Niamh Bryne who won the BDA ‘New to Research’ Award.

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Healthcare Professional Award Winners