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Probiotics in The Prevention and Management of Human Diseases

Probiotics in The Prevention and Management of Human Diseases Book
Author : Mitesh Kumar Dwivedi,N. Amaresan,A Sankaranaryanan,Helen Kemp
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2021-11-15
ISBN : 9780128237335
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Probiotics in The Prevention and Management of Human Diseases: A Scientific Perspective addresses the use of probiotics and their mechanistic aspects in diverse human diseases. In particular, the mechanistic aspects of how these probiotics are involved in mitigating the disease symptoms (novel approaches and immune-mechanisms induced by Probiotics), clinical trials of certain probiotics, and animal model studies will be presented through this book. In addition, the book covers the role of probiotics in prevention and management aspects of crucial human diseases, including multidrug resistant infections, hospital acquired infections, allergic conditions, autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, neurological disorders, and cancers. Probiotics in The Prevention and Management of Human Diseases: A Scientific Perspective also addresses the use of probiotics as vaccine adjuvants and as a solution for nutritional health problems and describes the challenges of using probiotics in management of human disease conditions as well as their biosafety concerns. Intended for nutrition researchers, microbiologists, physiologists, and researchers in related disciplines as well as students studying these topics require a resource that addresses the specific role of probiotics in the prevention and management of human disease, Probiotics in The Prevention and Management of Human Diseases: A Scientific Perspective highlights the current status probiotic use in different human disease conditions, addressed by relevant research studies, clinical case studies, and animal models and provides the future directions and regulatory aspects for the use of probiotics in different human diseases. Contains information of use of probiotics in significant human diseases including antibiotic resistant microbial infections Presents novel applications of probiotics as use in vaccine adjuvants and concept of pharmabiotics Includes case studies and human clinical trials for probiotics in diverse disease conditions and explores the role of probiotics in mitigation of the symptoms of disease

Probiotics and Prebiotics in Human Nutrition and Health

Probiotics and Prebiotics in Human Nutrition and Health Book
Author : Venketeshwer Rao,Leticia Rao
Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
Release : 2016-07-13
ISBN : 9535124757
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Probiotic microorganisms are recognised as being beneficial for human health. Prebiotics are substrates that are used preferentially by the probiotic bacteria for their growth. A great deal of interest has been generated in recent years in identifying probiotic bacteria and prebiotics, their characterization, mechanisms of action and their role in the prevention and management of human health disorders. Together they are referred to as synbiotic. This book is in response to the need for more current and global scope of probiotics and prebiotics. It contains chapters written by internationally recognized authors. The book has been planned to meet the needs of the researchers, health professionals, government regulatory agencies and industries. This book will serve as a standard reference book in this important and fast-growing area of probiotics and prebiotics in human nutrition and health.

Biofilms in Human Diseases Treatment and Control

Biofilms in Human Diseases  Treatment and Control Book
Author : Sunil Kumar,Niharika Chandra,Leena Singh,Muhammad Zaffar Hashmi,Ajit Varma
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2019-11-19
ISBN : 3030307573
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book highlights treatment strategies for bacterial biofilms in connection with a variety of human diseases. In particular, it reviews bacterial biofilm formation and its mechanism. Topics covered include biofilms in human health, the role of biofilms in mediating human diseases, and methods for testing bacterial biofilms. Further sections concentrate on biofilm-mediated diseases in different parts of the human gastrointestinal tract, while therapeutic strategies for biofilm control and natural agents that disrupt bacterial biofilms are also covered. Readers will also find the latest advances in probiotics and biofilms, as well as the use of probiotics to counteract biofilm-associated infections. Biofilms and antimicrobial resistance are discussed. Subsequent chapters address the management of inflammatory bowel disease via probiotics biofilms, as well as the role of probiotics bacteria in the treatment of human diseases associated with bacterial biofilms. The book is chiefly intended for clinicians/scientists in the fields of medical microbiology, applied microbiology, biochemistry, and biotechnology.

Probiotics for Human Nutrition in Health and Disease

Probiotics for Human Nutrition in Health and Disease Book
Author : Evandro Leite de Souza,José Luiz de Brito Alves,Vincenzina Fusco
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2022-03-15
ISBN : 9780323899086
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Probiotics for Human Nutrition in Health and Disease provides a comprehensive resource of information about the traditional and emerging health concepts, development and application evolution of probiotics and their role in prevention and treatment of human metabolic disorders and illnesses. Key issues related to general aspects of probiotics, probiotics in human nutrition, and probiotics in human health promotion and disease treatment are described and discussed in three sections. This book provides the most significant knowledge, mechanistic bases, uses, clinical perceptions, case studies and perspectives about probiotics for humans considering possibilities and limitations in the light of the appropriate available reference materials. Written by highly qualified researchers and edited by a team of experts, each chapter summarizes the latest available information on probiotics in human health and presents and critically interprets the most significant evidence by applying the author's own practical experience from investigations with probiotics. The book's first section looks at general features of probiotics, such as its relationship with prebiotics, its role in bioactive metabolite production, and its functions as a supplement. The second section looks at probiotics specifically interacting with human nutrition, including pregnancy, lactation, in children, and in the elderly. The third and final section of the book assesses the role of probiotics in human health promotion and disease treatment, in such cases as periodontal health, gastrointestinal surgery, obesity and cardiovascular disease, and cancer prevention. Probiotics for Human Nutrition in Health and Disease is a valuable and comprehensive resource for researchers and practitioners involved in the field of human nutrition. This book will also benefit academics, students, consultants, and industry professionals interested in the subject. Present traditional and emerging concepts, development and application evolution of probiotics Provides key insights characterizing probiotics as promising innovative options for human nutrition Discusses how probiotics can be used in a perspective of health promotion and prevention and treatment of human metabolic disorders and illnesses

Nutraceutical and Functional Foods in Disease Prevention

Nutraceutical and Functional Foods in Disease Prevention Book
Author : Keservani, Raj K.,Sharma, Anil K.,Kesharwani, Rajesh K.
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2018-07-13
ISBN : 1522532684
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Current research on health, nutrition, and preventative care will always be in demand. As the battles against ailments such as diabetes and heart disease continue, medical professionals are seeking to create a healthier society through nutrition and dietary-based tactics. Nutraceutical and Functional Foods in Disease Prevention is a comprehensive publication providing current research on the dynamic fields of pharmaceutical and biomedical science in relation to nutrition. This book examines the interactions and associations between nutritive value and its therapeutic applications in human health. Touching on topics such as the impact of probiotics in human health and disease treatment, recent trends in functional foods for obesity management, and the clinical role of antioxidants in the treatment of diseases, this title proves a valuable resource for academicians, healthcare practitioners, medical researchers, and higher education students preparing for careers as health professionals.

Functional Foods in Cancer Prevention and Therapy

Functional Foods in Cancer Prevention and Therapy Book
Author : Yearul Kabir
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2020-03-22
ISBN : 0128165383
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Functional Foods in Cancer Prevention and Therapy presents the wide range of functional foods associated with the prevention and treatment of cancer. In recent decades, researchers have made progress in our understanding of the association between functional food and cancer, especially as it relates to cancer treatment and prevention. Specifically, substantial evidence from epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies show that various food components may alter cancer risk, the prognosis after cancer onset, and the quality of life after cancer treatment. The book documents the therapeutic roles of well-known functional foods and explains their role in cancer therapy. The book presents complex cancer patterns and evidence of the effective ways to control cancers with the use of functional foods. This book will serve as informative reference for researchers focused on the role of food in cancer prevention and physicians and clinicians involved in cancer treatment. Discusses the role of functional foods in cancer therapy Presents research-based evidence of the role of herbs and bioactive foods in cancer treatment and prevention Provides the most current, concise, scientific information regarding the efficacy of functional foods in preventing cancer and improving the quality of life Explores antioxidants, phytochemicals, nutraceuticals, herbal medicine and supplements in relation to cancer prevention and treatment Contains a clinical approach to the use of functional foods to prevent and treat cancer Emphasizes the role and mechanism of functional foods, including the characterization of active compounds on cancer prevention and treatment

Probiotic Bacteria and Their Effect on Human Health and Well Being

Probiotic Bacteria and Their Effect on Human Health and Well Being Book
Author : Alfredo Guarino,Eamonn M. M. Quigley,W. Allan Walker
Publisher : Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
Release : 2013
ISBN : 3318023248
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An update on intestinal microbiota and probiotics Our microflora is an individual personal feature, providing a distinct tag to individuals. However, our intestinal microbiome is strongly affected by genetic, nutritional, and other external factors, and evolves with age. An effect of different microbial patterns on health appears very likely as there seem to be specific changes of intestinal microflora associated with various diseases. Specific microbial tags may thus be used as biomarkers of disease: to diagnose it, to monitor its evolution, and eventually to predict its response to treatment. This scenario opens the opportunity for targeting intestinal microflora using probiotics, both for prevention and treatment of an increasing number of conditions. Probiotic therapy is applied either as an adjunct to other treatments or as primary therapy, and evidence of efficacy is accumulating in several conditions, affecting either the intestine or nonintestinal organs. This publication provides an update on probiotics directed at physicians, biologists, biotechnologists, and researchers working in the food industry and agriculture, as well as in the environmental and basic sciences.

Textbook of Gastroenterology

Textbook of Gastroenterology Book
Author : Tadataka Yamada
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2011-10-13
ISBN : 144435941X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Over the past twenty years, thousands of physicians have come to depend on Yamada’s Textbook of Gastroenterology. Its encyclopaedic discussion of the basic science underlying gastrointestinal and liver diseases as well as the many diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available to the patients who suffer from them was—and still is—beyond compare. This new edition provides the latest information on current and projected uses of major technologies in the field and a new section on diseases of the liver. Plus, it comes with a fully searchable CD ROM of the entire content.

Probiotic Research in Therapeutics

Probiotic Research in Therapeutics Book
Author : Sandip V. Pawar
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2021-09-20
ISBN : 9813362367
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Probiotic Research in Therapeutics book written by Sandip V. Pawar, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine Volume 6 E Book

Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine  Volume 6   E Book Book
Author : John R. August
Publisher : Elsevier Health Sciences
Release : 2009-11-03
ISBN : 1437701884
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Completely revised and updated with 80 all-new chapters covering the most important information on current diagnostic, treatment, and preventive challenges facing feline practitioners today, Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine is an invaluable addition to every small animal clinician’s library. Full-color illustrations and expert contributions help you master and apply the latest advances in feline nutrition, emerging diseases, pet overpopulation, advanced imaging, and more with a comprehensive, clinically relevant approach. More than 100 worldwide leaders in small animal practice provide expert insight across the full spectrum of feline internal medicine. Extensive references make it easy to find additional information about specific topics most important to your practice. Current, evidence-based coverage reflects the latest findings and reports on pressing topics such as: Upper Respiratory Tract Aspergillosis Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Diagnostic Imaging of the Ear Cardiac Blood Tests Urological Interventional Techniques A new section on feline nutrition highlights the impact of nutritional considerations on feline health. A dynamic full-color design, incorporating hundreds of NEW illustrations and tables, clarifies concepts and helps you interpret clinical data.

Nutrition Infection Interactions and Impacts on Human Health

Nutrition Infection Interactions and Impacts on Human Health Book
Author : Mohan Pammi,Jesus G. Vallejo,Steven A. Abrams
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2014-08-26
ISBN : 1466580496
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Nutrition and infection are often at a crossroads, interacting with each other and influencing human health. Infection is a major health problem and nutritional deficiency plays a significant role in increasing the risk of infection. Nutrition–Infection Interactions and Impacts on Human Health presents state-of-the-art evidence on nutrition–infection interactions and their impact on health and disease. The book explores a wide range of topics including the effects of infection on nutrition—a common occurrence in the developing world—and nutrient–infection interactions for specific infections including HIV, TB, malaria, and parasitic infections. These are reviewed with a special emphasis on nutritional interventions. Also covered is the role of the gastrointestinal tract and its influence on nutrition, focusing on the human gastrointestinal microbiota, enteric syndromes, probiotics, and immunonutrients. The book discusses infection–nutrition interactions in special age groups such as children, adolescents, and the elderly. It also reviews emerging nutritional and anti-infective strategies with an emphasis on future research directions. The book is useful for epidemiologists, nutritionists, and health care staff caring for patients. The book’s broad scope allows for its applicability to both the developed and the developing world.

Probiotic Bacteria and Postbiotic Metabolites Role in Animal and Human Health

Probiotic Bacteria and Postbiotic Metabolites  Role in Animal and Human Health Book
Author : Naheed Mojgani,Maryam Dadar
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2021-05-13
ISBN : 9811602239
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book covers all aspects of probiotic bacteria and their metabolites, as well as their role and significance in human and animal health. Given the role of probiotic bacterial strains in the production of short chain fatty acids, butyrate etc probiotics may be considered as an alternative approach for the prevention or treatment of intestinal dysbiosis, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, hypertensions. Additionally, the significance of probiotics added in aquaculture systems for improving health, performance and growth of aquatic organisms has been highlighted. In this book, the multi-functional role of probiotics and their post-biotic metabolites in improving overall health status of man and animals, is discussed. It is a comprehensive compilation useful for researchers, academics, veterinarians and students in the field of microbiology, food technology and biotechnology.

Evidence Based Nutrition and Clinical Evidence of Bioactive Foods in Human Health and Disease

Evidence Based Nutrition and Clinical Evidence of Bioactive Foods in Human Health and Disease Book
Author : Asim K. Duttaroy
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2021-07-08
ISBN : 0128221941
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Evidence-Based Nutrition and Clinical Evidence of Bioactive Foods in Human Health and Disease explores a wide range of studies from clinical investigations to mechanistic research, covering the actions of bioactives on specific tissues and cells in intestinal, neurological, immunological and cardiovascular health and disease, including cancers. The book also focuses on metabolism, mechanisms of actions, tissue-specific effects, and the structure–function relationships between clinical trial, ex vivo and in vitro data. Written for nutrition researchers, clinical researchers, dieticians, and others working in and studying health-related fields, this book highlights the concepts surrounding the preventive and therapeutic impacts of bioactive foods. Presents information on the prevention of disease using bioactive compounds Consolidates the research outcome from a variety of sources on specific bioactive foods Contains coverage of bioactive lipids and lipid mediators, bioactive phytochemicals, probiotics, bioactive proteins, peptides, polysaccharides, fibers and sphingolipids

Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Human Health and Disease Prevention

Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Human Health and Disease Prevention Book
Author : Debasis Bagchi,Harry G. Preuss,Anand Swaroop
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2015-10-15
ISBN : 1482237229
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Functional foods and nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, and natural antioxidants have established their potential roles in the protection of human health against disease. Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Human Health and Disease Prevention examines the benefits, efficacy, and success of properly designed nutraceuticals and functional foods in human health and their possible application in disease prevention. The book demonstrates diverse disease pathophysiology and how nutraceuticals and functional food can be used to combat and prevent disease. The book discusses global food habits and trends, safety and toxicology, and how food addiction or overindulgence of food can lead to a variety of disease states. It then highlights how supplements help in disease prevention. Although a significant number of nutraceuticals and functional foods have demonstrated their efficacy, a large number of supplements are still surviving on false claims. Therefore, the editors underscore risks and benefits, and why government regulatory agencies are so critical of these nutraceutical supplements. With the global nutraceuticals market expected to reach $204.8 billion by 2017, what once seemed a very niche sector has become big business. An overview of nutraceuticals and functional foods and their application in human health, this book exhaustively covers antioxidants, functional foods, and nutraceuticals in human health and disease prevention. With contributions from experts and pioneers, the book gives insight into the role of functional foods in optimal diet and exercise.

The Human Microbiome in Early Life

The Human Microbiome in Early Life Book
Author : Omry Koren,Samuli Rautava
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2020-09-18
ISBN : 0128180986
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Human Microbiome in Early Life: Implications to Health and Disease presents recent research advances that have highlighted the significance of early life, possibly beginning before birth, in the establishment of both the microbiome and its role in health and disease. The book reviews current knowledge on the origins of the human microbiota in early life, presents exposures which may disturb normal microbial colonization, and covers their implications to the risk of disease. Finally, emerging means to modify the early human microbiome to improve health are discussed. Examines the timeline of the human microbiome, from before conception to infancy, with an emphasis on clinical implications Evaluates the effort to understand not only the composition but also the origin of the microbiome Proves the emerging means to modify the human microbiome and particularly ‘the first 1000 days of life’ improve human health and prevent disease Generates resources to facilitate characterization of the human microbiota to further our understanding of how the microbiome impacts human health and disease

A Handbook on High Value Fermentation Products Volume 2

A Handbook on High Value Fermentation Products  Volume 2 Book
Author : Saurabh Saran,Vikash Babu,Asha Chaubey
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2019-05-20
ISBN : 1119555507
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Green technologies are no longer the “future” of science, but the present. With more and more mature industries, such as the process industries, making large strides seemingly every single day, and more consumers demanding products created from green technologies, it is essential for any business in any industry to be familiar with the latest processes and technologies. It is all part of a global effort to “go greener,” and this is nowhere more apparent than in fermentation technology. This second volume in the groundbreaking new set, High Value Fermentation Products, focuses on industries that a concerned with human welfare, including the leather industry, textiles, pharmaceutical and medical, food processing, and others. Covering topics such as chitin and chitosan, microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates, propanediol, and many others, the editors and contributors have contributed to an extremely important facet of chemical and process engineering and how to move these industries into a much more sustainable and environmentally conscious direction. From converting waste into apparel to creating healthier foods and more effective medicines, this is truly a monumental work that is a must-have for any chemical engineer, scientist, or chemist.

Dietary Components and Immune Function

Dietary Components and Immune Function Book
Author : Ronald Ross Watson,Sherma Zibadi,Victor R. Preedy
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2010-07-30
ISBN : 9781607610618
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Dietary Components and Immune Function focuses on immune modulation, immune mediated disease resistance, immune changes due to AIDS, immune modulated cancer therapy, and autoimmune diseases as modified by dietary supplement, bioactive foods and supplements. The potential value of such approaches in maintaining wellness and preventing disease are addressed by examining their effects in vitro and in vivo on innate and adaptive immune responses. Emerging fields of science and important discoveries relating to early stages of new nutriceuticals in cancer prevention, prior to clinical trials are also covered. This volume represents a single source of material related to nutriceuticals and their constituents as they relate to cancer therapy and prevention. As such the book will be essential reading for nutritionists, pharmacologists, health care professionals, research scientists, cancer workers, pathologists, molecular or cellular biochemists, physicians, general practitioners as well as those interested in diet and nutrition in disease resistance via immune regulation.

Probiotics Prebiotics and Synbiotics

Probiotics  Prebiotics  and Synbiotics Book
Author : Ronald Ross Watson,Victor R. Preedy
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2015-09-23
ISBN : 0128023716
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics: Bioactive Foods in Health Promotion reviews and presents new hypotheses and conclusions on the effects of different bioactive components of probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics to prevent disease and improve the health of various populations. Experts define and support the actions of bacteria; bacteria modified bioflavonoids and prebiotic fibrous materials and vegetable compounds. A major emphasis is placed on the health-promoting activities and bioactive components of probiotic bacteria. Offers a novel focus on synbiotics, carefully designed prebiotics probiotics combinations to help design functional food and nutraceutical products Discusses how prebiotics and probiotics are complementary and can be incorporated into food products and used as alternative medicines Defines the variety of applications of probiotics in health and disease resistance and provides key insights into how gut flora are modified by specific food materials Includes valuable information on how prebiotics are important sources of micro-and macronutrients that modify body functions

Bioactive Foods in Promoting Health

Bioactive Foods in Promoting Health Book
Author : Ronald Ross Watson,Victor R. Preedy
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2010-04-06
ISBN : 0080958540
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Bioactive Foods in Health Promotion: Probiotics and Prebiotics brings together experts working on the different aspects of supplementation, foods, and bacterial preparations, in health promotion and disease prevention, to provide current scientific information, as well as providing a framework upon which to build clinical disease treatment studies. Since common dietary bacterial preparations are over-the-counter and readily available, this book will be useful to the growing nutrition, food science, and natural product community that will use it as a resource in identifying dietary behavioral modifications in pursuit of improved health as well as for treatment of specific disease, as it focuses on the growing body of knowledge of the role of various bacteria in reducing disease risk and disease. Probiotics are now a multi-billion-dollar, dietary supplement business which is built upon extremely little research data. In order to follow the 1994 ruling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with the support of Congress is currently pushing this industry to base its claims and products on scientific research. Research as shown that dietary habits need to be altered for most people whether for continued or improved good health. The conclusions and recommendations from the various chapters in this book will provide a basis for those important factors of change by industry with new uses. Animal studies and early clinical ones will lead to new uses and studies. Particularly the cutting edge experimental and clinical studies from Europe will provide novel approaches to clinical uses through their innovative new studies. Feature: Heavy emphasis on clinical applications (benefits and/or lack thereof) as well as future biomedical therapeutic uses identified in animal model studies Benefits: Focused on therapies and data supporting them for application in clinical medicine as complementary and alternative medicines Feature: Key insights into gut flora and the potential health benefits thereof. Benefit: Health scientists and nutritionists will use this information to map out key areas of research. Food scientists will use it in product development. Feature:Information on pre-and probiotics as important sources of micro-and macronutrients Benefit: Aids in the development of methods of bio-modification of dietary plant molecules for health promotion. Feature: Coverage of a broad range of bacterial consituents Benefits: Nutritionists will use the information to identify which of these constituents should be used as dietary supplements based on health status of an individual Feature: Science-based information on the health promoting characteristics of pre-and probiotics Benefits: Provides defense of food selections for individual consumption based on health needs and current status Feature: Diverse international authoring team experienced in studying prebiotics and probiotics for medical practice Benefits: Unusally broad range of experiences and newly completed clinical and animal studies provides extended access to latest information

Helicobacter pylori in Human Diseases

Helicobacter pylori in Human Diseases Book
Author : Shigeru Kamiya,Steffen Backert
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2019-10-22
ISBN : 303021916X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book gathers a wealth of contributions on the virulence factors and pathogenic mechanism of Helicobacter pylori, prepared by leading international experts. In addition, it explores the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment with drugs and probiotics, and prophylaxis by vaccination, reflecting the latest advances. H. pylori is a Gram negative microaerophilic bacterium that can produce various gastric diseases including gastritis, gastroduodenal ulceration, gastric cancer and gastric MALT lymphoma. Although efforts to combat H. pylori using a combination of proton pump inhibitor and several antimicrobial drugs have significantly decreased the burden of these gastric diseases, the microbial epidemiology and gastric pathogenesis following H. pylori infection are still not fully understood. Given its scope, the book offers a valuable resource not only for basic microbiologists, but also for researchers in the fields of pathology, biochemistry and genomics, as well as medical students/scientists.