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Can taking probiotics help a histamine intolerance? Dr Joneja is not convinced. February 2016
Overview of the use of probiotics in paediatric allergy. Castellazzi et al. Italian Journal of Pediatrics 2013.
The key to successful use of probiotics is to match the strain to the condition they are treating. Useful article on Natural Health Advisory. May 2013
www.intestinalgardener.co.uk A good blog for anyone interested in probiotcs and the science of gut bacteria.
Can probiotics prevent food allergy? Interesting post on YesNoBananas blog. 01/13
Useful glossary of probiotic terms on the OptiBac site. November 2012
Practical use of Probiotics and Prebiotics. A useful article in the July 2011 Townsend Letter by Drs Stephen Olmstead, Dennis Meiss and Janet Ralston of Pro Thera Inc.
Probiotics, Prebiotics and Fibre – The Three Bowel Musketeers! Micki Rose elaborates. October 2010
Babies need friendly bugs – John Scott explains why
Probiotics – the 'friendly' bacteria: side-lined healers – John Scott reviews the current research. Febuary 2010
Probiotics and autism: reporting an experiment on autistic children and probiotics that was so successful it collapsed – John Scott 2007
First Published in 2007
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Long-term clinical and immunological effects of probiotic and peanut oral immunotherapy after treatment cessation: 4-year follow-up of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. August 2017
This study presents some very promising results showing long-term benefits of peanut oral immunotherapy, combined with a probiotic, for many patients. The original research demonstrated that combined probiotic and peanut immunotherapy induced sensitisation in a significant proportion of participants (using a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial). This follow-up study demonstrates that, 4 years after this intervention treatment ended, many participants were still experiencing positive immune system effects, such that they were able to safely consume peanuts. 67% of the treatment group had continued to eat peanuts, compared to just a single participant (4%) from the control group who did not receive the treatment. Whilst not all participants benefitted from this treatment, the high proportion of responders is very exciting and suggests more research is needed into this combined therapy, which has the potential to make a huge difference to the quality of life of many food allergy sufferers.
This review study outlines that probiotics are often used in an attempt to prevent the development of allergy but that there still a limited amount of evidence to back this up and much more research is required in this area.
Probiotic influences on allergic responses in mice. May 2017
Protective effect of Bifidobacterium infantis CGMCC313-2 on ovalbumin-induced airway asthma and β-lactoglobulin-induced intestinal food allergy mouse models. March 2017
Dietary interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood. March 2017
Review of the effects of fermented milk with healthy bacteria on gastrointestinal discomfort in the general adult population. Jan 2017
Pre- and probiotics for allergy prevention: time to revisit recommendations?
Immunomodulatory Effects of Different Lactic Acid Bacteria on Allergic Response and Its Relationship with In Vitro Properties. October 2016
Unexpected improvement in core autism spectrum disorder symptoms after long-term treatment with probiotics.
A review of selection methods for immunomodulatory probiotic strains and the mechanism of action of probiotics in immune modulation. 2015
Systematic review: probiotics in the management of lower gastrointestinal symptoms in clinical practice – an evidence-based international guide. August 2013
Meta analysis of clinical trials finds that probiotic administration reduces the risk of atopic sensitization and decreases the total IgE level in children but may not reduce the risk of asthma/wheeze. August 2013
Cochrane Collaboration finds that probiotics are effective for preventing Clostridium difficile diarrhea often associated with antibiotic use. May 2013
The addition of a probiotic formula to triple H. pylori eradication therapy significantly decreased the frequency of epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. October 2012
Prebiotics for intestinal failure improve gut – March 2012
Probiotics may contain hidden food allergens – September 2012
Selected probiotics may have a role in the prevention/management of IgE-associated allergic eczema. September 2012
Lactobacillus GG administered at the second trimester of pregnancy reduced the severity of maternal allergic disease, but not the incidence of childhood allergic sensitisation or allergic diseases. 09/12
Addition of lactose to hydrolysed infant formula for cow's milk allergic infants may boost their typically low levels of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacilli while reducing their typically high levels of Clostridium. March 2012
Probiotics in early life continue to lower the risk for eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis until at least 4 years of age.Febuary 2012
Four different studies suggest that probiotics may be effective as inflammaotry agents and in combating antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. October 2011
The anti-allergic effect of kefir Lactobacilli
Bacteria reduce allergy risk in children
>A strain of probiotic may help treat ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori
Probiotics may prevent eczematous children developing asthma
Probiotic formula reduces stress
Maternal consumption of probiotics dramatically reduces the incidence of eczema in children – July 2010
Probiotics may help irritable bowel
'Friendly' bacteria protect against Type 1 diabetes
Probiotics may benefit Crohn's disease patients
Benefits of probiotics reviewed
What are probiotics?
Probiotics may help in cases of colitis
Probiotics and autism
Pre and probiotics and UC
First Published September 2005