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Probiotics in the News

I receive daily emails from a number of sources about new developments in medicine, particularly in the areas of gastroenterology and probiotics. There are two interesting articles I would like to briefly discuss this month: Benefits of Lactobacillus probiotic bacteria against gas-producing E. Coli found in colicky infants(1) Probiotics for prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and

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Probiotics and the Prevention of Food Allergies

Most of us are familiar with the term “food allergy.” Case in point, children with an allergy to peanuts can experience allergic reactions ranging from hives to coma, or even death. Sensitized children must have medication with them at all times to immediately treat reactions. Strict avoidance of peanuts is their sole option to stay

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Probiotics May Decrease Allergies

The increased sterilization and pasteurization of foods has led to a decrease in the amount of bacteria to which we are exposed. There is a potential this has led to the increase in allergies which today’s children are experiencing. A Finnish team of researchers conducted a study with pregnant women; some received a probiotic while

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Yale Workshop on Probiotics Presents New Research

I just returned from the 3rd Yale Workshop on “Advances in Probiotic Use” and am pleased to report there is a large amount of active research in the area of the intestinal bacteria. Namely, research is examining how bacteria impact human health and disease. Among various findings, researchers presented new information about how probiotic bacteria

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Tax Season Can Lead to Stress and IBS

April is a wonderful time of the year. Spring is nature’s way of saying, “let’s party.”(1) Planting new flowers and watching the first blossoms of the year are very joyful and relaxing activities, especially after enduring the cold gray days of winter. Unfortunately, despite its beauty, April can sometimes be stressful for various reasons. At

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Probiotics Recommended for Nursing Home Residents

Over the years, I have written a number of newsletters that discuss the benefits of probiotics for children and adults. This month will focus on the older generation, an important topic since there are currently 11.4 million people living in nursing homes in the United States (1). This figure includes 14% of the population older than

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