Yakult, a major probiotic manufacturer, has joined the Tohoku Medical and Mechanical Banking Organization (ToMMo) for participation in a 3 year cohort survey including approximately 2,500 adult participants in the detailed survey. Based on feces samples of the participants, . the study will analyze the intestinal bacterial flora in relation to physiological functions, disease, morbidity and lifestyle information. The study also aims to clarify the physiological significance of the intake of lactic acid bacteria probiotics as a preventive medicine and, based on Omics information, will contribute to individualized prevention measures”.”

AMED news release, April 12, 2018