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Update on probiotics

WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS ? Probiotics are nowadays defined as live bacteria that may confer a health benefit on the host. Since the term was first introduced in 1953 and defined as microbial derived factors that stimulate the growth of other microorganisms, its definition has been constantly adjusted in regards to latest scientific findings. At the …Read More

Malnutrition as leading cause of children stunted growth

Worldwide, malnutrition is estimated to affect over 2 billions people, that is to say one third of the world’s population (for a complete understanding of the subjet, consult our article) Children are the most visible victims of malnutrition. In the developing countries, one of three children is malnourished, accounting for up to 50% of total …Read More

Role of the nutrient signaling integrator TOR in growth, cancer and ageing

Coupling the availability of nutrients with cellular growth is essential for all organisms. Indeed, growth is intimately linked to both the energy status of the cell and the presence of a sufficient amount of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. A key signaling pathway that regulates growth and metabolism is the mammalian target of …Read More

Can Multiple Micronutrient Interventions Improve Child Health?

In the past few decades, many studies have entered the “micronutrient area”, examining the benefits of micronutrients in health, especially in the context of improving maternal and child health. In particular, micronutrient deficiencies early in life lead to growth faltering, which results in stunting and its associated adverse outcomes such as impaired cognitive development and …Read More

Bioactive food components in cancer prevention: targeting the root cause

Cancer cells’ most important biological characteristic is to divide and proliferate in an uncontrolled fashion, thus contributing to the invasive progression of tumors. Interestingly, all cells of the same tumor are not clones. This is known as cancer cell heterogeneity. The long-debated theory of cancer stem cells argues that there is a small group of …Read More