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Probiotics and microbiota composition

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, June 2016
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (88th percentile)

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Probiotics and microbiota composition
Published in
BMC Medicine, June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12916-016-0629-z
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Mary Ellen Sanders


Accumulated evidence, corroborated by a new systematic review by Kristensen et al. (Genome Med 8:52, 2016), suggests that probiotics do not significantly impact the fecal microbiota composition of healthy subjects. Nevertheless, physiological benefits have been associated with probiotic consumption by healthy people. Some studies have suggested that probiotics may impact the function of colonizing microbes, although this needs to be further studied. An alternative hypothesis is that probiotics may promote homeostasis of the gut microbiota, rather than change its composition. This hypothesis warrants investigation as a possible mechanism for how probiotics may benefit healthy people.Please see related article: http://genomemedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13073-016-0300-5 .

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 2%
Spain 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Unknown 116 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 28 23%
Student > Master 20 17%
Researcher 17 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 13%
Other 7 6%
Other 18 15%
Unknown 15 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 20 17%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 19 16%
Immunology and Microbiology 14 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 5%
Other 16 13%
Unknown 22 18%

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