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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.

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    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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    Probiotic studies presented at ACG

     NewsWise reports the results of 3 studies presented during the American College of Gastroenterology’s 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando.

    Highlights of the reports on probiotics used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) follow.

    Probiotic review

    • 19 studies in 1628 IBS patients were reviewed.
    • Probiotics are effective in IBS.
    • But it’s not clear whether 1 probiotic or combinations of probiotics are required.

    Effect of a multi-strain probiotic on the frequency of diarrhea

    • 84 IBS patients with diarrhea were studied for 28 days.
    • Bowel habits in IBS patients normalized compared to those who received the placebo — a significant difference.

    Children with IBS

    • 59 pediatric patients received either a probiotic agent (VSL#3®) or placebo for 6 weeks, and then the other treatment for 6 weeks more.
    • Results were based on responses to a questionnaire.
    • The probiotic was safe and significantly more effective than placebo in alleviating IBS symptoms (abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating, stool dysfunction) in children and teenagers.

    10/6/08 14:59 JR

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