Resources

Resources

Look here for useful resources from reputable organizations or initiatives globally on probiotic and prebiotic science.

From International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics
ISAPP/AGA/ILSI-NA-Sponsored Webinar Series on Probiotics
  • A 4-part lecture Webinar Series for CME credit was developed by ISAPP in collaboration with the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and ILSI North America. The 1-hour lectures are archived at the GI Learn section of the AGA website. Lectures include:

 

 

  • Human Gut Microbiota and Health – Glenn Gibson, PhD.

 

 

  • Interventions to Influence Health and Disease with Probiotics – Karen Madsen, PhD.

 

 

  • Clinical Endpoints Using Probiotics and Prebiotics for IBD, IBS, and Infectious Diarrhea – Fergus Shanahan, MD.

 

 

  • Practical Guidelines on Probiotics and Prebiotics Use – Michael Cabana, MD, MPH.
Clinical Guides to Probiotic Products

Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products Available in the United States and Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products Available in Canada. 2017 Editions. An independent tool for healthcare professionals, developed by the Alliance for Education on Probiotics (AEP) and made possible through an unrestricted education grant by Danone, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Metagenics, P&G and Seroyal. For an interactive version, free mobile download: USA version:  Google Play and the App Store; Canada version: App Store and Google Play.

Continuing Education

The Probiotic Trend: Challenges for the Community Pharmacist, Activity available for pharmacist CE credit through October 6, 2016. Free.

Using Probiotics to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Case 1, Activity available for pharmacist CE credit through November 25, 2016. Free.

Probiotics use in Geriatric Patients – Case 2, Activity available for pharmacist CE credit through November 25, 2016. Free.

Prebiotics, Probiotics, and the Microbiota. Official Audio CME Program of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Probiotics for GI Health in 2012: Issues and Updates (CME-certified, targeted for primary care physicians). Free. Note especially Table 1, which provides a list of probiotics associated with graded evidence of GI benefits. Online source. PDF. (No longer available for CME credit.)

Probiotics Supplementation: What Pharmacists Need to Know To Recommend Safe and Effective Formulations. Free.

Probiotic Supplementation: What Nurse Practitioners Need to Know to Recommend Safe and Effective Formulations. Free.

E-Learning Course on Gut Microbiota for Gastroenterologists. What you should know for your daily practice. Slides and a questionnaire. In English, German and Spanish. CE credit pending.

Council for Responsible Nutrition
Dairy Council of California

Dairy Council of California – Friday, July 11, 2014
Probiotics: Healthy Bacteria With a Host of Benefits

ESPGHAN

Use of probiotics for several pediatric conditions:

o    Acute gastroenteritis:  Pieścik-Lech M, Shamir R, Guarino A, Szajewska H. Review article: the management of acute gastroenteritis in children. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Feb;37(3):289-303.

o    Acute gastroenteritis:  Szajewska, H., A. Guarino, et al. (2014). Use of probiotics for management of acute gastroenteritis: a position paper by the ESPGHAN Working Group for Probiotics and Prebiotics. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 58(4): 531-539.

o    Management of pediatric ulcerative colitis: joint ECCO and ESPGHAN evidence-based consensus guidelines. Turner et al; European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization; European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Sep;55(3):340-61.

o    AAD and C. difficile:  Szajewska, H., R. B. Canani, et al. (2016). Probiotics for the Prevention of Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea in Children. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 62(3): 495-506.

European Society of Primary Care Gastroenterology
FAO/WHO Expert Consultation and Guidelines

FAO-WHO-2002-photoFAO/WHO Working Group, which wrote “Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food” (April 30-May 1, 2002). Back row, l-r:  Peter Ben Embarek (WHO), Catherine Stanton, Maya Pineiro (FAO), Lorenzo Morelli. Seated, l-r: Magdalena Araya, Gregor Reid, Mary Ellen Sanders.

 

 

 

 

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Gut Microbiota Worldwatch

Launched in February 2013 by the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, this website distributes public information on research and applications of gut microbiota for experts, media and society.
www.gutmicrobiotawatch.org

ILSI Europe

ILSI Europe publishes a variety of documents relevant to the probiotic and prebiotic
fields, including: Probiotics, Prebiotics and the Gut Microbiota (2013)


See full list of publications

ILSI-Europe Monograph, Probiotics, Prebiotics and the Gut Microbiota
  • Commissioned by the Prebiotics and Probiotics Task Forces, ILSI Europe Concise Monograph 2013:1-32. Full text.
ILSI Europe publishes a variety of documents relevant to the probiotic and prebiotic fields, including:

ILSI Europe publishes a variety of documents relevant to the probiotic and prebiotic fields, including: Probiotics, Prebiotics and the Gut Microbiota (2013)
See full list of publications

Online Course On Your Microbiome offered Through Coursera.org

University of Colorado professor Rob Knight and colleagues taught an online course, “Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome.” Course materials can be accessed for free.

Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Diseases, by R Balfour Sartor, MD for UpToDate

Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Diseases, by R Balfour Sartor, MD for UpToDate®. This is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource for clinicians, healthcare providers and patients. Accessing this article requires a subscription.

Use of probiotics for acute pediatric gastroenteritis

Use of probiotics for acute pediatric gastroenteritis. [Pieścik-Lech M, Shamir R, Guarino A, Szajewska H. Review article: the management of acute gastroenteritis in children. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Feb;37(3):289-303.]

Use of probiotics for antibiotic associated diarrhea

Use of probiotics for antibiotic associated diarrhea.  [Rodgers B, Kirley K, Mounsey A. PURLs: prescribing an antibiotic? Pair it with probiotics. J Fam Pract. 2013 Mar;62(3):148-50.]

Use of probiotics for pediatric ulcerative colitis

Use of probiotics for pediatric ulcerative colitis. [Turner D, Levine A, Escher JC, Griffiths AM, Russell RK, Dignass A, Dias JA, Bronsky J, Braegger CP, Cucchiara S, de Ridder L, Fagerberg UL, Hussey S, Hugot JP, Kolacek S, Kolho KL, Lionetti P, Paerregaard A, Potapov A, Rintala R, Serban DE, Staiano A, Sweeny B, Veerman G, Veres G, Wilson DC, Ruemmele FM; European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization; European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Management of pediatric ulcerative colitis: joint ECCO and ESPGHAN evidence-based consensus guidelines. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Sep;55(3):340-61.]

Use of probiotics to manage functional bowel symptoms

Use of probiotics to manage functional bowel symptoms. [Hungin AP, Mulligan C, Pot B, Whorwell P, Agréus L, Fracasso P, Lionis C, Mendive J, Philippart de Foy JM, Rubin G, Winchester C, de Wit N; European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology. Systematic review: probiotics in the management of lower gastrointestinal symptoms in clinical practice — an evidence-based international guide. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Oct;38(8):864-86.]

Use of yogurt cultures to manage symptoms of lactose intolerance

Use of yogurt cultures to manage symptoms of lactose intolerance [EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergy. Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to live yoghurt cultures and improved lactose digestion (ID 1143, 2976) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 8, 1763 (2010).]

USprobiotics

Web site with comprehensive, up-to-date information on activities, research and
new developments in the area of probiotics and dairy products
www.usprobiotics.org

World Allergy Organisation

The WAO issued conditional recommendations based on very low quality data on the use of probiotics in pregnant or breastfeeding women, or in their infants, for prevention of eczema in their infants. Fiocchi, A., R. Pawankar, et al. (2015). “World Allergy Organization-McMaster University Guidelines for Allergic Disease Prevention (GLAD-P): Probiotics.” World Allergy Organ J 8(1): 4.

World Gastroenterology Organisation
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