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C Difficile on the Rise Again

In the past, I’ve written about the potential complications of the infection, Clostridium Difficile. Typically, the incidence of C. Diff. Minus Colitis is within hospitals amongst patients. The intensity and severity of cases outside the hospital seems to be increasing, however: “Recent reports have shown increasing incidence and severity of infection, especially in the older population,”

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Should You Take a Probiotic During Flu Season?

Everyday in the news there are updates about this year’s flu season, especially about the H1N1 virus (Swine flu).  By all accounts, the infectivity rate is going to be very high. We have all heard the recommendations: Get the vaccine Wash your hands Avoid crowds Don’t sneeze or cough into your hands Drink lots of

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Can Probiotics Lessen Incidence of Infantile Allergies?

In last month’s newsletter, I mentioned some of the benefits of probiotics for children. This month I would like to discuss how probiotics may lessen childhood allergies like asthma, eczema and hay fever. Emergence of the Hygiene Theory Over the last 30 years there has been a two-to-three fold increase in childhood allergies in developed

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Probiotics Prevent Colds in Children?

“When given preventively over the winter months, probiotics reduce fever, cough, and runny noses in children, researchers said.” This is very exciting news for parents across the country. Many parents deal with the frustration of sick children during the winter months and the many associated problems including missed school, missed work and restless nights. A

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Are Probiotics Helpful for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Studies of how and which types of probiotics improve IBS symptoms have yielded contradictory results. Some studies have shown that probiotics improve IBS, while others have resulted in less promising findings. This variance reflects, in part, differences in the studies, such as trial design, the limited number of participants, and the type, dose and formulation

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Probiotics and Post-Gastric Bypass Surgery Weight Loss

The July issue of the Journal of Gastroenterology discusses the recent findings of a post-gastric bypass surgery weightloss study. The physicians and researchers administering the study were interested in whether gastrointestinal bacteria and gut health plays an impact in the weight loss of individuals. Both a control and a probiotic group were on the same counseling and

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