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Have Sports Teams Created the Ultimate Health ecosystem?

Modern healthcare is often accused of lagging behind other industries with regards to integrating technology to improve patient care and outcomes. Sports medicine and the health ecosystem surrounding professional sports is bucking this trend and setting new standards in the use of integrated care and connected technology for monitoring and assessing athletes or patients.Professional athletes clearly represent an extreme end of the healthcare spectrum but the principles of a fully cohesive, multidisciplinary, connected team looking after an individual’s healthcare journey can be learned from. This approach not only encompasses treatment and management of illness (or injuries) but also focuses on prevention of injuries and optimisation of the athlete’s general health in order to optimise performance.

Wearable Technology In Sports, Is It All That?

The mobile, technology and information revolution has impacted almost every industry in the recent decade. From healthcare to retail to banking industries, the push to capture, analyse and interpret data to give real time insights is driving behaviours and decision making across the board. This is no different in the sports industry with companies like Garmin and Fitbit creating wearables for amateur athletes and more specialist companies creating tracking wearables for elite professionals. Ther

The Use of Probiotics to Help Manage Changes in the Gut as People Age

The aim of this article is to help readers understand the changes that occur in gastrointestinal bacterial population, or microflora, as people age, how these changes affect health and nutrition, and how probiotic supplements can help manage them. The authors conclude that, although more work is needed to determine the properties of specific strains and formulations, there is sufficient evidence to warrant further research and support the regular use of probiotics, providing that the potential risks are assessed beforehand.

Examining the Role of Probiotics in the Hospital Setting

The last few decades have seen the search for alternative therapies increase immeasurably as the general and scientific population look for more natural treatments for many diseases, with fewer side effects and clinical implications. This review article looks at some of the evidence behind the use of probiotic supplements within the hospital setting with specific clinical applications. The evidence for their use is growing and compelling in certain therapeutic situations. With the increase in volume and quality of clinical evidence, the use of probiotics should become more widespread in the future.

Role of Probiotics in the Prevention of Disease

The healthcare environment is rapidly changing and a key element of this evolution is the focus on preventative medicine as opposed to treatment and curative options once disease has been established. This focus on prevention is aimed at reducing the overall healthcare burden through better education, improved lifestyle choices and, in some cases, specific therapy to avoid disease. Natural supplements have been used in various forms for centuries and increasingly they are undergoing vigorous scientific research in order to explore their various associated claims. Of these, probiotics are some of the most extensively investigated and potentially represent a safe and viable option for the prevention of certain conditions. The volume of research into probiotics has increased in parallel with the search for alternative, natural therapies with fewer side effects and clinical implications. This is reflected by the development of medicinal probiotics with extensive pre-clinical and clinical research to support their use. This review article will introduce some of the basic concepts related to probiotics, the human bacterial population (microbiome) and some of the evidence available to support their use in preventing disease.

Probiotics and Allergies

Allergic disease occurs as a result of hypersensitivity ofthe body’s immune system to otherwise harmless stimuli(allergens). The presence of allergy is multifactorial, withhereditary components as important as environmentaltriggers in the development of disease. The Western worldhas seen an increase in the prevalence of allergic disease,with up to 20% of the population affected by some sort ofTimeout activity AIt is important to note that the relationship betweenthe bowel bacteria and the immune system starts withthe Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue. Not only that, it isextremely complex and has far-reaching effects on theimmune system in general and not just within the bowel.• Think about the types of allergic disease that arecommon in childhood and compare the incidences withless-developed countries. See if there is a difference.allergy.

Probiotics and Good Gut Health

The critical role of the intestinal microflora is continuallyhighlighted by ongoing research and the roles of variousbacterial communities found along the human intestinaltract have been well established in the maintenance of healthand the proliferation of disease. Their influence on humanphysiology is quickly being cemented and this understandingof the gut microbiota is increasingly becoming important in thedevelopment of personalised treatment strategies. The use ofprobiotics to selectively influence the microbiome in order toaffect health and disease is inevitably gaining pace.

Probiotics and Infant Immune Health

When we are born we are presumed to be almost sterile withvery little in the way of microbial colonisation. Our immunesystem at this stage is immature. However, after birth, the bodyis exposed to the maternal bacterial population as well as theexternal environment and we are bombarded with multiplemicrobes that colonise the body, thereby priming the infantimmune system.The normal function of the immune system is dependenton its complex relationship with the good bacteria that inhabitthe gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Not all bacteria cause diseaseand, in fact, the interaction between the gut and the bacteria iswell documented and its importance established in a variety offunctions, ranging from aiding digestion to boosting immunefunction.

Probiotics in Women's Health

Infections of the female urogenital tract arecommon and a frequent cause for seekingmedical help whether from a general practitioneror a hospital specialist. It is estimatedthat a billion women worldwide suffer fromurogenital infections, including bacterialvaginosis (BV), urinary tract infection (UTI),and yeast vaginitis each year1 and yet it is anarea that has traditionally been looked uponas a relatively insignificant health burden byrelevant authorities. In fact, a rise in incidenceof UTIs, BV and Candidiasis has been noted in recent years2

Natural remedies for preventing recurrent UTIs | CAM For Doctors

Urinary tract infections are an extremely common diagnosis. With an increased risk of antimicrobial resistance and the relative paucity of new antibiotics in pharmaceutical company pipelines, it has become increasingly important to find alternative therapies that may be used to help prevent recurrent UTIs and bacterial infections in general. Dr Mayur Joshi, MBBS, BSc, AICSM, medical advisor, Probiotics International Ltd, reviews the evidence for natural products such as probiotics and cranberry

Immunity Support

When we are born we are presumed to be almost sterile with verylittle in the way of microbial colonisation. Our immune system atthis stage is immature. However, after birth, the body is exposedto the maternal bacterial population as well as the externalenvironment and we are bombarded with multiple microbes thatcolonise the body, thereby priming the infant immune system.The normal function of the immune system is dependent on itscomplex relationship with the beneficial bacteria that inhabit theGI tract. Not all bacteria cause disease and, in fact, the interactionbetween the gut and bacteria is well documented, with itsimportance established in a variety of functions; ranging fromaiding digestion to boosting immune function.

Probiotics in the Surgical Patient

Post-operative infections are the most commoncomplication of surgery and continue to represent asubstantial problem, both in terms of clinical burden andfinancial cost. As a result, peri-operative antibiotic useis widespread and antibiotic resistance is increasinglybecoming a significant concern to the healthcare industry.With this in mind, alternative methods of improving surgicaloutcomes are being investigated; the fact that postoperativeinfections and sepsis are commonly caused by thepatient’s own intestinal bacteria, or microflora, (via bacterialtranslocation) represents an interesting starting point.

Research Focus - Probiotics and Gut Health

The last few decades have seen thesearch for alternative therapiesincrease immeasurably as thegeneral and scientific populationlook for more natural treatments for manydiseases, with fewer side effects andclinical implications. Unsurprisingly theresearch behind probiotics, the humanmicrobiome and the relationship we havewith the microbes inhabiting the humanbody has mirrored this increase, with a vastamount of financial and scientific supportin the area.
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