Probiotics reduces diarrhoea episodes


10 November 2010
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Physorg reported here that probiotic bacteria given as therapies for diarrhea reduce the length of time sufferers are affected.  They also lessen the chance of episodes continuing for more than four days.  These are the findings of a new systematic review by Cochrane researchers.


"A striking finding of this review is that most trials reported that probiotics reduced diarrhoea," said lead researcher Stephen Allen of the School of Medicine at Swansea University, UK. "The beneficial effect was consistent and significant across many different types of trials."
"There were no adverse effects, so these therapies can be used safely in addition to rehydration fluids. However, more research needs to be carried out on the specific strains of bacteria that are effective in treating diarrhea and on preventing the progression from short-term to persistent diarrhea," Allen said.
Editor's Note:  This article is informative only and is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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