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Probiotic and Asthma

John Slattery, Derrick F MacFabe, Richard E Frye
Recent studies have highlighted the fact that the enteric microbiome, the trillions of microbes that inhabit the human digestive tract, has a significant effect on health and disease. Methods for manipulating the enteric microbiome, particularly through probiotics and microbial ecosystem transplantation, have undergone some study in clinical trials. We review some of the evidence for microbiome alteration in relation to childhood disease and discuss the clinical trials that have examined the manipulation of the microbiome in an effort to prevent or treat childhood disease with a primary focus on probiotics, prebiotics, and/or synbiotics (ie, probiotics + prebiotics)...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Pediatrics
Inge Kepert, Juliano Fonseca, Constanze Müller, Katrin Milger, Kerstin Hochwind, Matea Kostric, Maria Fedoseeva, Caspar Ohnmacht, Stefan Dehmel, Petra Nathan, Sabine Bartel, Oliver Eickelberg, Michael Schloter, Anton Hartmann, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Susanne Krauss-Etschmann
BACKGROUND: Chronic immune diseases (CIDs), such as asthma, are highly prevalent. Currently available pharmaceuticals improve symptoms, but cannot cure the disease. This prompted demands for alternatives to pharmaceuticals such as probiotics for prevention of allergic disease. However, clinical trials have given inconsistent results. This is at least partly explained by the highly complex crosstalk among probiotic bacteria, the host´s microbiota, and immune cells. The identification of a bioactive substance from probiotic bacteria could circumvent this difficulty...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Timothy D H Smith, Hilary Watt, Laura Gunn, Josip Car, Robert J Boyle
PURPOSE: Evidence from studies mainly in children has shown that orally administered probiotics may prevent respiratory tract infections and associated antibiotic use. We evaluated whether advice to take daily probiotics can reduce antibiotic prescribing for winter respiratory tract infections in people with asthma. METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled, parallel-group pragmatic study for participants aged 5 years and older with asthma in a UK primary care setting...
September 2016: Annals of Family Medicine
Giuseppe di Mauro, Roberto Bernardini, Salvatore Barberi, Annalisa Capuano, Antonio Correra, Gian Luigi De' Angelis, Iride Dello Iacono, Maurizio de Martino, Daniele Ghiglioni, Dora Di Mauro, Marcello Giovannini, Massimo Landi, Gian Luigi Marseglia, Alberto Martelli, Vito Leonardo Miniello, Diego Peroni, Lucilla Ricottini Maria Giuseppa Sullo, Luigi Terracciano, Cristina Vascone, Elvira Verduci, Maria Carmen Verga, Elena Chiappini
BACKGROUND: Allergic sensitization in children and allergic diseases arising therefrom are increasing for decades. Several interventions, functional foods, pro- and prebiotics, vitamins are proposed for the prevention of allergies and they can't be uncritically adopted. OBJECTIVE: This Consensus document was developed by the Italian Society of Preventive and Social Paediatrics and the Italian Society of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology. The aim is to provide updated recommendations regarding allergy prevention in children...
2016: World Allergy Organization Journal
Anna Lis-Święty, Dorota Milewska-Wróbel, Irmina Janicka
The paper refers to the recently published empirical data and systematic reviews on the impact of diets, foods, nutrients and bioactive substance exposures in pregnancy and in early infancy, on the development of atopic disorders. The results of studies referring to a broad range on dietary factors are mostly conflicting. There are several limitations of these researches. Based on the existing information, it is not possible to establish the role of antioxidants and vitamin D supplementation in atopic disease development...
January 2016: Developmental Period Medicine
Harold S Nelson
BACKGROUND: Subcutaneous (SCIT) and sublingual (SLIT) immunotherapy provide effective treatment for allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma with clinical improvement following an adequate course of therapy persisting in most patients for years after treatment is discontinued. However, both require prolonged courses of therapy and many or most patients either do not begin or stop long before they have completed the prescribed course of treatment. METHODS: Based on review of the recent medical literature, the current status of SCIT and SLIT was reviewed as well as new approaches to allergy immunotherapy (AIT) that have promise to overcome the safety and inconvenience concerns of both the current approaches...
July 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
Sibylle Koletzko
Probiotics are defined as "live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host". Unfortunately, misuse of the term probiotic is very common. According to the regulation of the European food safety authority (EFSA) health claims on pre- and probiotics are not judged as favorable. Scientific societies should give guidance to the consumers and health care professionals on the use of probiotics and prebiotics for prevention and disease management. There is currently no positive recommendation from international scientific medical societies to use prebiotics or probiotics for treatment of food allergy or other allergic manifestations and for prevention of food allergy, allergic rhinitis, and asthma...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
James L Richards, Yu Anne Yap, Keiran H McLeod, Charles R Mackay, Eliana Mariño
It is now convincingly clear that diet is one of the most influential lifestyle factors contributing to the rise of inflammatory diseases and autoimmunity in both developed and developing countries. In addition, the modern 'Western diet' has changed in recent years with increased caloric intake, and changes in the relative amounts of dietary components, including lower fibre and higher levels of fat and poor quality of carbohydrates. Diet shapes large-bowel microbial ecology, and this may be highly relevant to human diseases, as changes in the gut microbiota composition are associated with many inflammatory diseases...
May 2016: Clinical & Translational Immunology
Benjamin C T Bourrie, Benjamin P Willing, Paul D Cotter
Kefir is a complex fermented dairy product created through the symbiotic fermentation of milk by lactic acid bacteria and yeasts contained within an exopolysaccharide and protein complex called a kefir grain. As with other fermented dairy products, kefir has been associated with a range of health benefits such as cholesterol metabolism and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition, antimicrobial activity, tumor suppression, increased speed of wound healing, and modulation of the immune system including the alleviation of allergy and asthma...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Ai-Qun Yu, Lianqin Li
The human gut microbiota has a significant effect on many aspects of human physiology such as metabolism, nutrient absorption, and immune function. Imbalance of the microbiota has been implicated in many disorders including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, asthma, psychiatric illnesses, and cancers. As a kind of functional foods, probiotics have been shown to play a protective role against cancer development in animal models. Clinical application of probiotics indicated that some probiotic strains could diminish the incidence of postoperative inflammation in cancer patients...
May 2016: Nutrition and Cancer
Mohamed A Hendaus, Fatima A Jomha, Mohammad Ehlayel
Allergic diseases comprise a genetically heterogeneous group of chronic, immunomediated diseases. It has been clearly reported that the prevalence of these diseases has been on the rise for the last few decades, but at different rates, in various areas of the world. This paper discusses the epidemiology of allergic diseases among children and their negative impact on affected patients, their families, and societies. These effects include the adverse effects on quality of life and economic costs. Medical interest has shifted from tertiary or secondary prevention to primary prevention of these chronic diseases among high-risk infants in early life...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Hong-Ying Liao, Li Tao, Jian Zhao, Jie Qin, Gu-Cheng Zeng, Song-Wang Cai, Yun Li, Jian Zhang, Hui-Guo Chen
The effect of antigen specific immunotherapy (SIT) on asthma is supposed to be improved. Published data indicate that administration of probiotics alleviates allergic diseases. B cells play important roles in the pathogenesis of allergic diseases. This study aims to modulate antigen specific B cell property by the administration of Clostridium butyrate (CB) in combination with SIT. The results showed that after a 3-month treatment, the total asthma clinical score and serum specific IgE were improved in the patients treated with SIT, which was further improved in those treated with both SIT and CB, but not in those treated with CB alone...
2016: Scientific Reports
Taylor K Soderborg, Sarah J Borengasser, Linda A Barbour, Jacob E Friedman
Maternal obesity and diabetes dramatically increase the long-term risk for obesity in the next generation, and pregnancy and lactation may be critical periods at which to aim primary prevention to break the obesity cycle. It is becoming increasingly clear that the gut microbiome in newborns and infants plays a significant role in gut health and therefore child development. Alteration of the early infant gut microbiome has been correlated with the development of childhood obesity and autoimmune conditions, including asthma, allergies and, more recently, type 1 diabetes...
May 2016: Diabetologia
Christina E West, Maria C Jenmalm, Anita L Kozyrskyj, Susan L Prescott
Microbial ecosystems cover the surface of the human body and it is becoming increasingly clear that our modern environment has profound effects on microbial composition and diversity. A dysbiotic gut microbiota has been associated with allergic diseases and asthma in cross-sectional and observational studies. In an attempt to restore this dysbiosis, probiotics have been evaluated in randomized controlled trials. Here, we review treatment and primary prevention studies, recent meta-analyses, and discuss the current understanding of the role of probiotics in this context...
June 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
C E West
Probiotics, given either as a supplement or in infant foods, have been evaluated in randomised controlled trials for allergy prevention. Here, the aim is to give an overview of the results from these primary prevention studies and to discuss current strategies. In most studies, single strains or a mixture of strains of lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria have been used--prenatally, postnatally or perinatally. Several meta-analyses have reported a moderate benefit of probiotics for eczema prevention, and the most consistent effect has been observed with a combined perinatal intervention in infants at high risk of allergic disease due to familial predisposition...
2016: Beneficial Microbes
M Miraglia Del Giudice, C Indolfi, A Allegorico, C Cuppari, G Campana, C Strisciuglio, A Grandone
Probiotics are able to restore microbiome and the normal intestinal permeability, improve the immunological function of gut barrier and reduce the intestinal inflammatory response and the production of pro-inflammatory cytokine characteristics of local and systemic allergic inflammation. Clinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy of probiotics in the treatment of various clinical conditions such as atopic dermatitis and food allergies and in the primary prevention of atopy. Recent studies have shown that oral administration of certain probiotic exerts therapeutic effects in the treatment of allergic respiratory diseases such as asthma and rhinitis...
April 2015: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Hye-Ji Kang, Sin-Hyeog Im
Probiotics are nonpathogenic live microorganism that can provide a diverse health benefits on the host when consumed in adequate amounts. Probiotics are consumed in diverse ways including dairy product, food supplements and functional foods with specific health claims. Recently, many reports suggest that certain probiotic strains or multi strain mixture have potent immunomodulatory activity in diverse disorders including allergic asthma, atopic dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, underlying mechanism of action is still unclear and efficacy of probiotic administration is quite different depending on the type of strains and the amounts of doses...
2015: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
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Probiotic supplementation during pregnancy or infancy does not prevent the development of wheeze and asthma in children, according to a review of the evidence.
January 8, 2014: Nursing Standard
Maree Gleeson, David B Pyne
Upper respiratory illness is the most common reason for non-injury-related presentation to a sports medicine clinic, accounting for 35-65% of illness presentations. Recurrent or persistent respiratory illness can have a negative impact on health and performance of athletes undertaking high levels of strenuous exercise. The cause of upper respiratory symptoms (URS) in athletes can be uncertain but the majority of cases are related to common respiratory viruses, viral reactivation, allergic responses to aeroallergens and exercise-related trauma to the integrity of respiratory epithelial membranes...
February 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
Pearl D Houghteling, W Allan Walker
Microbial signals stimulate development and maintenance of the neonatal immune system. The process begins in utero, with limited exposure to microbes in the intrauterine environment, as well as maternal immune signals priming the developing immune system. After birth and initial colonization, the immune system must be able to activate against pathogens, but also achieve oral tolerance of food and resident gut microbes. Through microbial signals and appropriate nutrition, the immune system is able to achieve homeostasis...
November 2015: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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