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The International Probiotics Association (IPA) is a global non-profit organization bringing together through its membership, the probiotic sector’s stakeholders including but not limited to academia, scientists, health care professionals, consumers, industry and regulators. The IPA’s mission is to promote the safe and efficacious use of probiotics throughout the world. Holding NGO status before Codex Alimentarius, the IPA is also recognized as the unified Global Voice of Probiotics® around the world.
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Healthy Aging and the Microbiome

The world's population is aging rapidly, bringing extreme burdens to public healthcare systems. Frailty and premature death affect many elderly people, but not all....

A Role for Probiotics in Hair Loss?

Thinning scalp hair shouldn’t be a big deal, given that its primary job—to protect against cold and sun—is easily satisfied with a hat or...

Acute Kidney Injury: A Role for Prebiotics & Probiotics?

In acute kidney injury (AKI), the kidneys suddenly fail and are no longer able to sustain their vital functions. This is a serious life-threatening...
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A Role for Probiotics in Reducing Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones —formed from minerals and salts—can be painful and costly to treat. Despite decades of research, treatment options are often invasive and evidence...

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the Gut Microbiome

One of the most common endocrine disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects about 5% to 10% of women of reproductive age worldwide. Associated with...
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Probiotics for obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating condition characterized by recurring, unwanted thoughts and ideas (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). Treatment strategies often fall short. A new...

Can Probiotics Make Vaccines More Effective? 

By Clare Fleishman, MS, RD, for the International Probiotics Association    As the world awaits a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the question arises: Will it be equally...

Probiotics Show Promise in Parkinson’s Disease

By Clare Fleishman, MS, RD, for the International Probiotics Association “The hope is that restoration of the gut microbiome in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD)...
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Marathon Runners and Probiotics

Probiotics Help Marathoners Go the Distance Like most exercise, running is good for your microbes. However, a marathon (26.219 miles) can be an extreme challenge...

The Case for Probiotics in Gestational Diabetes

Although high blood sugar is never good, it’s especially harmful during pregnancy. When glucose intolerance appears for the first time in pregnancy, it is...