Look here for useful resources from reputable organizations or initiatives globally on probiotics, prebiotics, and the science of microbiomes.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
FAO/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.
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.
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. [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 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. [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 [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).]
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.