On March 14 and 15, 2015, internationally leading experts in gut microbiota research met in Barcelona, Spain, to present the latest findings and discuss their significance for health and diet. Fact sheets covering the following hot topics from the Summit are now freely available on http://www.
Breast milk: Protecting infants against diseases
Breast milk can provide the infant's gut with beneficial bacteria that induce protective effects against a number of conditions. Recent findings show that the mother's gut microbiota has an important impact upon the microbial composition of the milk and its health-supporting qualities.
Treating autism: What's good for the gut is good for the brain
Autism is often associated with gut impairment and changes of the intestinal microbiota. There is a large body of evidence that probiotics offer the potential to restore the balance inside the gut and thus improve the psychiatric symptoms significantly.
Colon and liver cancer: Improving prevention and treatment through microbiota research
The gut microbiota can be involved in the development of colorectal and liver cancer. The unveiling of the underlying processes provides promising starting points for creating novel diagnostic and therapeutic measures.
Crohn's disease: Gut microbial collaborations trigger inflammatory diseases
What causes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis is still unclear to a large extent. This is a major obstacle for a fundamental improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. But, recent findings might help to overcome this situation in the near future.
Nutrition and intestinal health: we are what we eat
Diet, the gut microbiota and digestive health are mutually intertwined. These links and the beneficial potential of probiotics were among the top issues.
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