Probiotics claims disputed

Not all probiotics can treat diarrhoea, despite several probiotic products being marketed as effective treatments for acute diarrhoea, according to Italian research. For the study, five different preparations were tested on a group of 571 children, aged three to 36 months, with acute diarrhoea. The children were randomly assigned to receive either a specific probiotic product for five days or the control of oral rehydration. The probiotic Saccharomyces boulrdii was found not to treat diarrhoea. Researchers concluded that doctors should choose probiotics based on the effectiveness data (BMJ Online 2007).

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