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Pediatric Studies and IBS Research

Interest in probiotics and their healthful links to gastrointestinal ailments has spurred the recent launch of the National Institute of Health’s Human Microbe Project. Baylor College of Medicine in Dallas, Texas is heavily involved in many of these studies; they received $3.7 million to map human bacteria genome. Most recently, Dr. James Versalovic, a genetecist

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DNA Testing Provides Whole-Body Approach to Cancer Screening

The 2009 Digestive Disease Week in Chicago presented numerous findings with regard to the GI tract and associated diseases. Among those findings is the usefulness of DNA testing of stool samples for the presence of cancer. Previously, stool DNA testing was used for the early detection of colorectal cancer; recently scientists and physicians have discovered

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Probiotics Shed Light on Obesity and Diabetes

Keeping up with the latest scientific developments on probiotics and human health is becoming very challenging because every month there are new and very exciting findings. Recently, there have been several reports on how intestinal bacteria play a role in nutrition, obesity and diabetes. Here are a few of the results of those studies: Patients

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iPhone to Assist IBD Patients

Individuals who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease and a variety of other gastrointestinal ailments are often faced with the need to maintain daily bowel logs. Consistent logs help physicians track and monitor a patient’s progress and adjust medication as needed; insufficient data or sporadic logs, however, are often not helpful for monitoring

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Updated Recommendations for Preventing Traveler’s Diarrhea

Now that it is getting close to summer, folks are starting to consider vacation travel plans. This newsletter will discuss options for staying healthy when traveling outside the United States to developing countries. I would like to review the updated recommendations in preventing and treating Traveler’s diarrhea (TD). Overview: Among travel-related illnesses, acute diarrhea is

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Recent Study Addresses Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

A study recently published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology further explores the potential benefits of probiotics at maintaining intestinal health while ingesting antibiotics such as Augmentin. The study concluded probiotics, particularly Bifidobacteria, may be helpful in returning to a pre-antibiotic baseline: This study does identify a benefit of probiotics, in part through increasing Bifidobacterium that may

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