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Am J Clin Nutr. 2001 Jun;73(6):1152S-1155S.

Probiotics: future directions.

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  • Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Nebraska/Creighton University, Omaha, USA. jvanderh@unmc.edu


Clinical studies have shown that certain probiotics may be useful in treating a variety of diarrheal disorders, including rotavirus diarrhea, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, Clostridium difficile diarrhea, and traveler's diarrhea. New data suggest that probiotics might be useful in controlling inflammatory diseases, treating and preventing allergic diseases, preventing cancer, and stimulating the immune system, which may reduce the incidence of respiratory disease. Different modes of administering probiotics are currently being investigated, which may ultimately lead to the widespread use of probiotics in functional foods. It is important that such practices be directed by carefully controlled clinical studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

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