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News Scan

This week in the news we were reminded again of body wisdom — the body is resilient and is designed to move you toward health. Read on: Biologics for Psoriasis and Arthritis The new drugs for psoriasis and arthritis are highly effective but come with significant risks. Biologics to treat…

Should You Take Probiotics?

Should You Take Probiotics?

These days, it seems that everyone is recommending particular diets to improve your health. And, lots of people, including Consumer Reports, are recommending probiotics, such as dark chocolate, greek yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut.  What are probiotics and should you take them? According to the National Institutes of Health, probiotics are microorganisms similar…

Probiotics No Help For Infants With Stomach Flu

Probiotics No Help For Infants With Stomach Flu

When young children experience a bout of gastroenteritis, more commonly known as stomach flu, many parents turn to probiotics to ease symptoms and promote recovery. But a pair of new studies indicate that using probiotics for this purpose is a waste of money. One study was conducted in Canada and…

Probiotics May Not Work For Everyone and Can Potentially Be Harmful

Probiotics May Not Work For Everyone and Can Potentially Be Harmful

While many people take a probiotic supplement thinking it will boost their digestive health, new evidence indicates that probiotics may not work for everyone and can potentially be harmful in some situations. In a new study, researchers first measured gut microbiome levels in participants. Half were given a generic probiotic…

Dairy Probiotics May Lower Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Dairy Probiotics May Lower Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Mothers-to-be who take milk probiotics may have a lower risk of experiencing preeclampsia, premature birth and other pregnancy complications, according to a study published in the online journal BMJ Open. Previous studies have indicated that probiotics, which are found in fermented dairy products such as milk and yogurt, reduce the…

Probiotics: 5 Benefits, 3 Warnings and 4 Tips

Probiotics: 5 Benefits, 3 Warnings and 4 Tips

Chances are, if you get a prescription for antibiotics, your physician has also recommended probiotic-rich yogurt or a probiotic supplement to reduce the risk of getting diarrhea. At the same time, you might be wondering whether you should follow the advice from friends, family and popular culture to take probiotics…

The Pros & Cons of Probiotics

The Pros & Cons of Probiotics

Antibiotics are the drug of choice when it comes to fighting bacterial infections — but they’re not without their side effects, some of them serious. Without them, infections such as strep or tuberculosis can cause organ damage, even death. But while they’re destroying the bad bacteria that’s making us sick,…

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