Lactose intolerance

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Good blog on secondary lactose intolerance (secondary to coeliac disease) on FreeFrom. March 2016

Lactose intolerance in the Neolithic Age - the findings of the LeCHE and BEAN anthropological research projects.  August 2013

Suggestions as to where to get extra calcium if you are lactose intolerant. July 2013

Lactose and other disaccharide intolerances - Dr Janice Joneja August 2013

Ritter Pharmaceuticals have developed an orally administered, oligosaccharide (RP-G28) which stimulates the growth of lactose-metabolizing bacteria in the colon, which reduces lactose-derived gas production, and thereby mitigates the symptoms of lactose intolerance in the process. June 2013.

New enzymes may help those who are lactose and gluten intolerant. On the basis that those who are lactose intolerant may in fact be reacting to a cow’s milk protein, the enzymes help to break down the relevant dairy and gluten proteins thus making both more digestible. March 2013

New combined lactase and probiotic pills works well for lactose intolerance. May 2010

Lactose in your beer?... March 2010

Low-lactose camel milk now available in the Netherlands. October 2009

Cheese on a low-lactose diet - by Dr Anita MacDonald and Pat Portnoi. September 2009

Lactose limits: A close look at the varying amounts of lactose in different dairy products, medicines and foods, by Dr Stephanie Matthews and Professor Anthony Campbell. 2007

Lactose, a sugar not so sweet: The results of research around lactose intolerance regarding lactase deficiency, by Dr Stephanie Matthews and Professor Anthony Campbell. 2006


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Research Reports


Lactose tolerance first developed in the Bronze age. June 2015

Two studies suggest that lactoes intolerant people may have a lower risk of certain cancers. In Nature here and at the University of Lund here. November 2014

Ancient Europeans intolerant to lactose for 5,000 years after they adopted agriculture. October 2014

Incidence of lactose intolerance among Africans linked to the spread of cattle raising. March 2013

'The malabsorption of simple carbohydrates is the most common type of non-immune-mediated food intolerance, affecting 20% to 30% of the European population. This condition is caused either by deficient digestion of lactose or by malabsorption of fructose and/or sorbitol.' November 2013

Digesting milk in Ethiopia: A case of multiple genetic adaptations. Comment here. August 2013

There is a strong likelihood that patients with lactose intolerance which does not respond to a lactose-free diet may well suffer from cow’s milk allergy. September 2012

Over half of those who think they are lactose intolerant may just have IBS ... but a UK survey suggests that 38% of those who think they have IBS are actually lactose intolerant ... May 2011

New treatment may desensitise kids with milk allergies. March 2011

Are GPs missing a trick when it comes to lactose intolerance? December 2010

Lactose Intolerance rates may be lower than previously believed. November 2009

Cow’s milk first drunk into adulthood in central Europe  around 7,500 years ago. August 2009

Lactose intolerance - a Darwinian perspective. June 2005



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