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Meta Study Suggests Probiotics Are the Latest Snake Oil

Researchers say bigger, better studies are needed

(Newser) - Probiotics are all the rage—the so-called "good bacteria" teeming naturally in foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut or worked into drinks and pills comprise a growing industry that Fortune reports posted more than $1 billion in annual sales in the US last year. It's expected to grow... More »

Why Anxious People May Want to Order Extra Pickles

Study suggests fermented foods help with social anxiety

(Newser) - People who suffer from social anxiety might want to get familiar with fermented foods. A study led by researchers at William & Mary found that college students who eat such foods—think yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi—report fewer social anxiety symptoms. The researchers suspect it's all about the "... More »

How Your Dog's Germs Might Be Keeping You Healthy

Researchers want to lend you a pooch to find out

(Newser) - How is a dog like a cup of yogurt? Well, canines might also have a "probiotic effect" on humans, researcher Kim Kelly explains in a post from the University of Arizona . Science suggests owning a dog can be healthy—for instance, kids in families with dogs generally have lower... More »

Scientists: Let's End the War on Germs

Scientists trying to map body's microbes, tend them like wildlife rangers

(Newser) - There might be up to 100 species of microbes living in your mouth right now—and that's probably a good thing. A growing number of scientists say it's time to stop trying to eradicate germs, and to start treating our bodies the way ecologists treat wildlife preserves, the... More »

Madonna's Secret for Longevity: Bacteria?

Probiotics may help her stay healthy

(Newser) - If you’d like nothing more than to remain as perpetually youthful as Madonna but you don’t have $86,000 to spend on your face , good news: There is another way. Madonna fancies fiber-rich foods and probiotics, or "good bacteria," an alternative diet touted with aiding digestion,... More »

Probiotics Effective Against Diarrhea: Study

'Friendly' bacteria help ease stomachs

(Newser) - Probiotics seem to shorten the duration of diarrhea, a new analysis suggests. Researchers looked at the results of 65 studies involving probiotics—bacteria often used as a supplement in yogurt or other products—and found that they shortened the duration of diarrhea by an average of 25 hours. Patients on... More »

As Probiotics Expand, Confusion Sets In

Many questions linger about 'friendly' bacteria

(Newser) - Probiotics are branching out of the dairy aisle and into all types of food—from pizza to cereal—as marketers try to sell the health benefits. Seems like good news. The so-called friendly bacteria is supposed to help with digestion and boost the immune system, among other things. The problem... More »

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