Dec 01 2013

Probiotics can stymie a common Virulent bug

Published by at 12:34 pm under probiotic supplements

For people on antibiotics, Probiotics can stymie a
common, virulent bug”
(Clostridium difficile – C. diff for short)

 

By: Laura Landro      Nov. 17, 2013  

“At Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Pa., a worrisome trend
emerged in 2011: an uptick in cases of one of the most virulent hospital
infections, despite measures to battle the bug by scrubbing surfaces
with bleach and isolating affected patients. But the hospital was able
to drive down cases last year after adding a new weapon to its arsenal:
Probiotics, the small organisms that help maintain the natural
balance of bacteria in the intestines.

Contained in supplements and foods such as yogurt, Probiotics are of
growing interest in health care for their potential in helping to treat a
number of conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, tooth decay
and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Now, Holy Redeemer and other hospitals are experimenting with
Probiotics as a preventive measure for patients who are on antibiotics.
For all their infection-fighting power, antibiotics kill the good bugs
along with the bad in the intestine. The result is an imbalance in the
gut that can lead a bacterium known as Clostridium difficile—C. diff
for short—to colonize and produce a toxin that can cause diarrhea,
dehydration and fever. In severe cases, C. diff infections can lead to
kidney failure, recurrent infection and death.”…

To read the full article, please visit WSJ

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday this year.

Be well,
Kelli

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