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Current and future uses of probiotics

Tanner, Georgia, MMS, PA-C; Matthews, Kacie, RDN, MMS, PA-C; Roeder, Hannah, MMS, PA-C; Konopasek, Maggie, MMS, PA-C; Bussard, Adrienne, MMS, PA-C; Gregory, Tanya, PhD

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: May 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p 29–33
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000532117.21250.0f
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ABSTRACT The relationship between host and gut microbiota has been the topic of research in recent decades, with particular emphasis on various species of bacteria and their distinct role in health promotion. Early promising research led to the new term probiotic, coined to describe these beneficial bacteria. This early research has laid the foundation for various proposed mechanisms of probiotic effects on health. This article describes current areas of established probiotic use and introduces areas of current investigation, including psychobiotics, which may help patients suffering from psychiatric illness.

At the time this article was written, Georgia Tanner, Kacie Matthews, Hannah Roeder, Maggie Konopasek, and Adrienne Bussard were students in the PA program at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ms. Tanner now practices in orthopedic spine surgery at OrthoCarolina in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ms. Matthews practices in interventional radiology at Greensboro Radiology in Greensboro, N.C. Ms. Roeder practices in hospital medicine at Medical Center Health System, Professional Care in Odessa, Tex. Ms. Konopasek practices in orthopedics and sports medicine at BayCare Clinic Emergency Physicians in Manitowoc, Wisc. Ms. Bussard practices in behavioral health at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in northern Kentucky. Tanya Gregory is an assistant professor and director of student services in the Department of PA Studies at Wake Forest School of Medicine. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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