The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Should all hospital patients receive a probiotic?

    Maybe, based on these study results.

    First, the details.

    • 89 hospitalized patients were randomly assigned to receive lactobacilli-fermented milk or a placebo each day.
    • Patients and researchers were not aware of the treatment given (blinded).

    And, the results.

    • Antibiotic-associated diarrhea occurred in significantly fewer of the lactobacilli-treated patients than the placebo group — 16% vs 36%.
    • The median hospital stay was not significantly different — 8 vs 10 days.
    • Overall, the lactobacilli-fermented milk was well tolerated.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Daily administration of a lactobacilli-fermented milk was safe and effective in the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in hospitalized patients.”

    OK, but I think that more study in larger populations and evidence of an economic benefit will be needed to make this treatment routine.

    12/27/07 14:50 JR

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