Probiotics in clinical practice

This week’s expert:
Prof Patricia Conway, Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of NSW.

Drawn from a recent Healthed lecture by Prof Conway.

• Probiotics can be used to support a healthy immune system, reducing the incidence and severity of infections, in particular respiratory tract infections.

• Probiotics work by altering the microbiome of the human host.

• Seventy percent of the immune sampling sites in humans are in the digestive tract. Immune sampling sites are where antigen-sampling cells collect antigens and deliver them to the T and B cells of the host’s immune system. Probiotics – which are live organisms – can alter the microbial community of the gut and therefore influence the immune system when ...

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