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Nutrition in Later Life: Recipes for Older People. This free recipe book is intended as a nutritional resource for healthcare professionals, particularly those caring for older people, to support the achievement of a healthy diet. For the last few years, Yakult has been a proud supporter of older people's charity, the Royal Voluntary Service, and will done 50p to the charity for every printed copy of this recipe book. To order free printed copies contact us or you can download a copy here.


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NEW LcS Insight (2015). Report of HCP study day in October 2014. All speakers approved these summaries of their talks. A very useful educational resource giving an update in the  research into the gut microbiota, IBS, IBD, liver disease, ageing and spinal cord injury patients. The new microbiological analyses and terms are explained.

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NEW commissioned article for patients and the general public

This article was commissioned for Core (the Digestive Disorders Foundation) by the Gut Microbiota for Health expert panel of the British Society of Gastroenterology, and sponsored by Yakult UK Limited. Claire Ainsworth is an eminent science writer.

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NEW LcS Insight: How the gut microbiota changes with age (2014)

This is a useful illustrated educational article that explains about the gut microbiota, how it changes in later life, how these changes are strongly affected by diet, and how this affects health.  The article also reviews the impact of antibiotics, and infectious diseases.

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NEW Guide to Probiotics (2014)

This A5 booklet is written by Professor Kevin Whelan (King's College London) and Dr Linda Thomas. It was commissioned and distributed by the British Journal of Nursing, and Gastrointestinal Nursing.

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New Edition LcS Research Booklet (2014)

The booklet for healthcare professional summarising research with Lactobacillus casei Shirota has been updated for 2014.

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Treating IBS in practice: a round table discussion

A multidisciplinary panel came together to share their experience in treating chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. The panel comprised Dr Gill Jenkins (GP, chair), Dr Ayesha Akbar (gastroenterologist), Nisha Desai (pharmacist), Dr John O'Malley (GP), Lystra Rampersad-Smith (senior practice nurse), Dr Nick Read (gastroenterologist and psychotherapist), Dr Tom Smith (Core) and Marianne Williams (dietitian).

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Yakult Honsha Ltd has sponsored two issues of Nature Insight. This means you can download these expert reviews or order one free copy. Click on the links:

1) Gut Microbes and Health

2) Intestinal Networks in Health & Disease

Scientific brochures and other free publications


Yakult has several free educational publications on probiotics available for healthcare professionals, which can be ordered free of charge. Bulk orders can usually be accommodated, please contact us.

#1 Lactobacillus casei Shirota research

#2 Sports

#3 Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD) & Clostridium difficile illness (CDI)

#4 Constipation

#5 Paediatric diarrhoea

Digestive Health information

  • Irritable bowel syndrome in adults. - booklet on the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence guideline, produced by Nursing in Practice. Sponsored by Yakult UK Limited.
  • Bristol Stool Scale - leaflets for patients and healthcare professionals
  • Love Your Gut leaflet - Tips on how to look after your gut. Love Your Gut's partners are Core and the IBS Network, supported by Yakult UK Limited
  • Looking after your insides - information on how to maintain a healthy gut.Leaflet for patients, published by Core (the digestive disorders foundation) in association with the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Primary Care Society. Sponsored by Yakult UK Limited.
  • IBS Network leaflet - a national charity providing support and information with people with IBS

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Reprints of articles

  •  A probiotic fermented milk drink containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota improves stool consistency of subjects with hard stools. Tilley L et al (2014) International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotics 9(1/2):23-30.
  •  A Lactobacillus casei Shirota probiotic drink reduces antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in patients with spinal cord injuries: a randomized controlled trial. Wong SS et al (2014) British Journal of Nutrition 111(4):672-678.
  • Exploring the inflluence of the gut microbiota and probiotics on health: a symposium report. Thomas et al. British Journal of Nutrition (2014) 112:(S1):S1-S18.
  •  Prevention of relapse following Clostridium difficile infection using probiotic Lactobacillus casei Shirota. Lee LYW et al (2013)International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotics 8(4):145-148.
  • Effects of antibiotic therapy on the gastrointestinal microbiota and the influence of Lactobacillus casei. Pirker A et al (2013) Food & Agricultural Immunology 24(3):315-330.
  • Probiotics enhance the clearance of human papillomavirus-related lesions: a prospective controlled pilot study. Verhoeven V et al (2012) European Journal of Cancer 22:46-51.
  •  Lactobacillus casei Shirota modulation of ammonia metabolism in physical exerciseFuskevågO-M et al (2012) International Journal of Probiotics and Prebiotics 7(1): 13-16.
  • New insights into the impact of the intestinal microbiota on health and disease: a symposium report. Thomas LV & Ockhuizen T. British Journal of Nutrition (2012) 107:S1-S13.
  •  The design of probiotic studies to substantiate health claims. Gibson GR,et al (2011) Gut Microbes 5:299-305.
  • Probiotics and constipation. Ford H & Thomas LV (2011) NAPC Review Spring/Summer 2011 reprint.
  • Probiotics: A proactive approach for community health. Thomas LV & Ford H (2011) Complete Nutrition Focus reprint.
  • Diverticulitis: What's the advice in primary care? Nichols JAA & Thomas LV (2010) Complete Nutrition reprint.
  • Gut health: getting to the bottom of it. Baker HC & Thomas LV (2010) Complete Nutrition reprint.
  • Health benefits for the elderly: a review. Baker HC, Tran DN & Thomas LV (2009) Journal of Foodservice 20:250-262.
  • The potential of probiotic fermented milk products in reducing risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and Clostridium difficile disease. Lewis JN et al (2009).  International Journal of Dairy Technology 62 (4), 461-471.
  •  Effect of probiotic treatment on deranged neutrophil function and cytokine responses in patients with compensated alcoholic cirrhosis. Stadlbauer V et al (2008) Journal of Hepatology 48(6): 945-951
  • Changes in the intestinal microbiota after a short period of dietary over-indulgence, representative of a holiday or festival season. Gougoulias C et al (2008) Food Science and Technology Bulletin: Functional Foods 5(5): 51-59.
  • Exercise and immune function. Gleeson M & Thomas LV (2008) Complete Nutrition reprint.
  • Exploring the potential of probiotics in primary care. Thomas LV (2008) Gastroenterology in Primary Care (journal of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology) reprint.
  • Probiotics for the young and the not so young. Candy DCA et al (2008)Journal of Dairy Technology 61(3): 215-221.
  • Probiotics: where are they going next? New and emerging areas of research. Baker H & Day B (2008) BNF Nutrition Bulletin 33:359-363.
  •  Effects of a fermented milk drink containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota on the human NK-cell activity. Takeda K & Okumura K (2007) Journal of Nutrition 137 (Suppl):791S-793S.
  •  Survivability of a probiotic Lactobacillus casei in the gastrointestinal tract of healthy human volunteers and its impact on the faecal microflora. Tuohy KM et al (2007) Journal of Applied Microbiology 102 (4):1026-1032.
  •  The effect of a probiotic milk product containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota on the defecation frequency and the intestinal microflora of sub-optimal health state volunteers: a randomized placebo-controlled cross-over study. Matsumoto K et al (2006) Bioscience & Microflora 25(2): 39-48.
  •  The effects of a synbiotic fermented milk beverage containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota and transgalactosylated oligosaccharides on defecation frequency, intestinal microflora, organic acid concentrations, and putrefactive metabolites of sub-optimal health state volunteers: a randomized placebo-controlled cross-over study. Shioiri T et al (2006) Bioscience Microflora 25(4), 137-146.
  •  Perioperative synbiotic treatment to prevent postoperative infectious complications in biliary cancer surgery: A randomized controlled trial. Sugawara G et al (2006) Annals of Surgery 244(5):706-714


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