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Feb 2015 LcS study: improved bowel habit/elderly residents

Van den Nieuwboer M et al (2015)
Improving the bowel habit of elderly residents in a nursing home using probiotic fermented milk drink. Beneficial Microbes Feb 17:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Feb 2015: HCP study day report

Jan 2015: LcS study: effect of insulin resistance following high fat diet
Hulston CJ et al (2015)
Probiotic supplementation prevents high-fat, overfeeding-induced insulin resistance in human subjects. British Journal of Nutrition Jan 29 [Epub ahead of print]

Dec 2014: Your Guide to Probiotics
Thomas LV & Whelan K [Reprint available on request]
British Journal of Nursing Supplement 

Dec 2014 Lay article on the gut microbiota (BSG)
Ainsworth C (2014) [Reprint available on request]
The Ecologist will see you now.

Dec 2014 LcS study: constipated older people
Vignati et al (2014)
Effects of the use of a fermented milk with Lactobacillus casei Shirota in elderly people with chronic constipation. Clinical Nutrition 33 (S1):S141 [PP030-MON] 


Dec 2014 LcS study: effect on constipation in women giving birth
Sakai T et al  (2014)
Effect of fermented milk containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota on constipation-related symptoms and haemorrhoids in women during puerperium. Beneficial Microbes Nov 6:1-10. [Epub ahead of print] 

Dec 2014 LcS study: effect on DC from UC gut samples
Mann ER et al (2014)
Human gut dendritic cells drive aberrant gut-specific T-cell responses in ulcerative colitis, characterized by increased IL-4 production and loss of IL-22 and IFN-gamma. Inflammatory Bowel Disease 20(12):2299-307.


June 2014 Review article: International Yakult Symposium 2013
Thomas et al (2014) [Reprint available on request]
Exploring the influence of the gut microbiota and probiotics on health: a symposium report. British Journal of Nutrition 112(S1):S1-S18.


June 2014 LcS study - improvement of stool consistency
Tilley L et al (2014)
A probiotic fermented milk drink containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota improves stool consistency of subjects with hard stools. International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotics 9(1/2):23-30.


Dec 2013 LcS study - prevention of recurrent C. difficile infection.
Lee LYW, Golmohamad R, MacFaul G (2013)
Prevention of relapse following Clostridium difficile infection using probiotic Lactobacillus casei Shirota. International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotics 8(4):145-148.


Sept 2013 LcS study - reduction of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in spinal cord injury patients
Wong et al (2013)
A Lactobacillus casei Shirota probiotic drink reduces antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in patients with spinal cord injuries: a randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition.

August 2013: LcS study: care home - reduction of URTI.
Fujita R et al (2013)
Decreased duration of acute upper respiratory tract infections with daily intake of fermented milk: A multicentre, double-blinded, randomized comparative study in users of day care facilities for the elderly population. American Journal of Infection Control Jul 23. doi:pii: S0196-6553(13)00846-8. 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.04.005.

August 2013 LcS study: reduction of breast cancer.
Toi M et al (2013)
Probiotic beverage with soy isoflavone consumption for breast cancer prevention: a case control study. Current Nutrition & Food Science 9(4):194-200.

February 2013 LcS study: reduction of aflatoxin levels.
Nasrabadi EN et al (2013)
Reduction of aflatoxin level in aflatoxin-induced rats by the activity of probiotic Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota. Journal of Applied Microbiology doi:10.1111/jam.12148

January 2013 LcS study: human study on HPV.
Verhoeven et al (2013)
Probiotics enhance the clearance of human papillomavirus-related lesions: a prospective controlled pilot study. European Journal of Cancer Prevention 22(1):46-51.

January 2013:
Latest issue of Probiotic Bulletin.
Read about new probiotic research into HPV, Yakult's launch into space, sponsorship of MiSAC award, free Nature supplements on the microbiota and an update on new probiotic papers.

January 2013 International Yakult Symposium.
22-23 April 2013. London.
Download programme or register at

January 2013 LcS study: immune function in healthy adults.
Dong et al (2013)
Immunomodulatory effects of a probiotic drink containing Lactobacillus casei Shirota in healthy older volunteers. European Journal of Nutrition doi 10.1007/s00394-012-0487-1

December 2012: LcS case study: burns patient with multi-drug resistant pathogen
Thomson CH et al (2012)
Yakult: a role in combating multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa? Journal of Wound Care 21(11):566-569.

November 2012 Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee Annual Competition 2012.
Sponsored by Yakult
Read the report by Dr John Grainger (Chairman of MiSAC)

November 2012: Yakult Honsha sponsorship of two Nature Insight reviews.
This means you can download these expert reviews for free, or order one free copy.
Click on the links:1) Gut Microbes and Health and 2) Intestinal Networks in Health & Disease

November 2012: LcS research paper: as synbiotic.
Study in 47 enteral patients with long-term mechanical ventilation suppor: reduced Gram-negatives.

September 2012: Latest Probiotic Bulletin
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September 2012: LcS research into antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and C. difficile-infection. New paper by an Austria research group, including details of an open-label study involving 678 hospitalised patients receiving antibiotics and microbiological analysis of both the antibiotic and probiotic effects on the faecal microbiota.
Pirker A et al (2012)
Effects of antibiotic therapy on the gastrointestinal microbiota and the influence of Lactobacillus casei. Food & Agricultural Immunology doi:10.1080/09540105.2012.689816

August 2012: LcS research in footballersA small open-label study investigating LcS effects in reducing the build up of ammonia during exercise.
FuskevågO-M et al (2012)
Lactobacillus casei Shirota modulation of ammonia metabolism in physical exercise. International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotics 7(1):13-16.

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