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UMSOM research sheds new light on probiotics

UMSOM research sheds new light on probiotics

The probiotics found in yogurt, kefir, kimchi and other foods have been marketed for years as healthful, though it wasn't clear why or how. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine think they may have an answer. In research published in the April edition of the journal mBio, scientists including Claire M. Fraser, professor of medicine and director of the Institute for Genome Sciences, found that one type of probiotic may modify the way other organisms work in the gut and may reduce inflammation, which is linked to cancer and many chronic diseases such as diabetes. "We have to remember that when we eat we're not just feeding ourselves but feeding all the...