News Articles of Interest

Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-Like Symptom Incidence and Duration in Children
PEDIATRICS, Volume 124, Number 2, August 2009
by Gregory J. Leyer, PhD, Shuguang Li, MS, Mohamed E. Mubasher, PhD, Cheryl Reifer, PhD and Arthur C. Ouwehand, PhD

Selected strains of probiotics have been tested for human health benefits in a variety of disease conditions, but much less is known regarding prophylactic benefits in healthy populations. This study adds information supporting the use of the probiotics tested for prophylaxis against cold and influenza-like symptoms and compares the efficacy of 1-strain and 2-strain preparations. Probiotic consumption effects on cold and influenza-like symptom incidence and duration were evaluated in healthy children during the winter season. The study concluded that daily dietary probiotic supplementation for 6 months was a safe effective way to reduce fever, rhinorrhea, and cough incidence and duration and antibiotic prescription incidence, as well as the number of missed school days attributable to illness, for children 3 to 5 years of age. full article

Does Your Body Need Probiotics?
FOXNEWS.COM, August 8, 2007
Recently, 57-year-old, Anne Turner started researching gentle ways to treat her irritable bowl syndrome and chronic digestive issues. To her surprise, the answer was simple and pain-free—she needed to take a dietary supplement called probiotics to replenish her digestive flora. After a few weeks of taking a recommended probiotic supplement and making small changes in her diet, Turner started feeling better than she had in years, affirming her decision to treat herself with probiotics. full article

‘Good Bacteria’ May Be Used As Anti-disease Soldiers
Wisconsin State Journal, September 22, 2006
Kendra Marr, San Jose Mercury News

Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco are seeking volunteers for a study in which newborns will be fed live bacteria in hopes it will keep them asthma-free. Sounds bizarre, but it’s part of a growing field known as probiotics that some scientists think will play an increasingly important role in good health. …Researchers think these “good bacteria” have the potential to prevent or treat a variety of illnesses, from colon cancer to gum disease to asthma. Along with the billions of bacteria naturally found inside our bodies, probiotics are believed to aid digestion and help us fight invading microorganisms. full article

Getting the Goods on ‘Good Bacteria’
NPR Morning Edition, July 20, 2006, by Allison Aubrey
Probiotics are the latest health buzz. The “good bacteria” are found in foods like yogurts and kefirs, and are also packaged as pill-form dietary supplements. … “By definition, a probiotic is any substance containing live organisms that, when ingested, have a beneficial effect on the host by altering the body’s intestinal microflora,” says physician Robynne Chutkan, Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The theory is that certain strains of these live organisms—or good bacteria—can displace bad bacteria in the gut. The challenge is figuring out which combination of bacterial strains—and at which doses—might be effective. full article

Dispensing Friendly Fire
American Druggist, April 1997, by Ross Pelton, PhD, RPhAntibiotics are killing the good bacteria with the bad, and pharmacists can do something about it: recommend probiotic therapy. full article