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Researchers report at the International Liver Congress™ 2013 that probiotics may soon become part of the treatment plan for managing hepatic encephalopathy, a neuropsychiatric abnormality associated with liver failure and  characterized by intellectual impairment, personality changes,  and reduced levels of consciousness. Hepatic encephalopathy is a complication of advanced liver disease that is often difficult to treat. It is caused by the accumulation of toxins in the blood that are not removed by the liver. Treatment usually involves the use of antibiotics or laxatives, which are used to prevent the production of toxic substances in the intestine. Gut bacteria produce ammonia, […]

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Probiotics Beneficial for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

University of Michigan Health System researchers found that stress can cause changes in the brain-gut interactions and induce intestinal inflammation that leads to symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These include diarrhea, chronic abdominal pains and loss of appetite. They also found that these could be prevented by maintaining healthy gut microbiota, or a normal number of “good” bacteria in the intestines. This may be achieved by taking probiotics, or live bacteria that help maintain the number of microorganisms in the gut, which can aid in digestion, improve nutrient absorption and boost immune function. Using animal models, they induced small […]

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A preliminary study shows that a woman’s intake of probiotics during pregnancy may reduce her child’s risk of developing atopic eczema and allergies. Researcher Randi Bertelsen, PhD, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo reports that when Norwegian mothers ate lactobacilli-enhanced dairy products while pregnant, their children were less prone to nasal allergies and eczema during early childhood. The study used data from a large, ongoing observational study, the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, which enrolled about 108,000 pregnant women and their children from 1999 to 2008. About 41,000 mother-child pairs were included in the current analysis, […]

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Probiotics for Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

Patients often dread the side effects of taking antibiotics, one of which is diarrhea. Antibiotics can kill not only an ear or wound infection, but they can also eliminate the good bacteria which normally exist in other parts of the body, such as the intestines.  When this happens, other types of microbes, like Clostridium difficile bacteria, which normally exist in small numbers, find the opportunity to grow in number, causing symptoms like diarrhea. About one-third of diarrhea cases are associated with Clostridium difficile, and these usually occur among older, hospitalized patients. According to studies, the incidence of C difficile infection […]

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The Benefits of Probiotics

Not all bacteria are harmful to the body. In fact, about 100 trillion “good” bacteria maintain residence and thrive in the human body, with many of them living in the digestive tract. These probiotics or microorganisms do not only coexist with the host, but also benefit the human body in many ways. Although some “bad” bacteria and even fungal microbes also coexist in many parts of the body, they do not produce any harm because the “good” bacteria keep their numbers in check and provide an environment that is not suitable to their proliferation. When this balance is disturbed, the […]

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