The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Trying to treat stomach infections with probiotics

    Helicobacter pylori is a common infection of the stomach. Although most people have no symptoms, it’s related to the development of ulcers and is probably related to cancers involving the stomach.

    Currently, H pylori infection is treated with a proton pump inhibitor plus two antibiotics — called triple therapy. Adding a probiotic food to triple therapy does not appear to help eliminate this bacteria in children.

    Among 65 children treated for one week with triple therapy, some got 3 months of the probiotic food (250 mL of a commercial yogurt containing Bifidobacterium animalis and Lactobacillus casei) while the others got milk.

    By the end of the study, adding probiotic food to triple therapy did not make a significant difference in the eradication of H pylori infection.

    Two good reviews of H pylori. Infections are available here and here.

    1/17/07 20:12 JR

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