Tag: antibiotic

Probiotics and Vitamin C Reduce Colds and School Absences

Research continues to show that probiotics promote immune health. In particular, they have been found to have a beneficial effect on upper respiratory tract infections, which include cold and flu. Up to 80 percent of your immune system resides in the gut, so it’s not surprising that gut bacteria play a major role in immune health. A recent study published…

Multi-strain Probiotic Reduces Risk of Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

A multi-strain probiotic has been found to reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and reduce gastrointestinal symptoms in hospitalized patients taking antibiotics according to a recent study published in the journal Vaccine. The formulation contained four strains of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus and was taken daily up to seven days after the final antibiotic dosage. Those patients taking a higher…

How Rich are Your Gut Bacteria?

There are more factors that contribute to the development of obesity and related conditions than simply what we eat and how much energy we expend. The very notion of calories in, calories out is not what it seems; at least, not at face value. As researchers are discovering, your gut microbes have more to do with your metabolism than you…

Antibiotics Not Always Needed for Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection with over 8 million visits to health care providers each year. Women are affected more often than men, simply due to anatomy. The treatment for UTIs is antibiotic medication, which is well known for modifying the beneficial flora that reside in the digestive tract and urogenital tract. Furthermore,…

Did You Take Antibiotics for a Cough this Season?

This past winter I noticed a lot of people were sick with a cold, flu, or cough (or a combination). Unfortunately, what ends up happening is that a lot of people take antibiotics unnecessarily for such illnesses. I’d like to share an interesting study that will hopefully help educate us on this important topic. The Annals of Family Medicine journal…

RePOOPulating the Gut

The story unfolding about Clostridium difficile (C. diff for short) infection is one I pay close attention to. There is no effective treatment for recurrent C. diff infection, which puts this population at higher risk of complications, including death. In fact, it was recently announced that C. diff infection is now the ninth leading cause of gastrointestinal death, showing a…

Gut Bacteria of Ancient Human Ancestors Nothing Like the Gut Residents of Today

A group of researchers from the University of Oklahoma are trying to understand the relationship between gut bacteria of ancient people (as preserved from archeological sites dating over 1000 years ago) to modern man. “The results support the hypothesis that ancient human gut microbiomes are more similar to those of non-human primates and rural non-western communities than to those of…

Another Organic Foods Study—With Children in Mind

I recently blogged about a review of studies on organic foods put out by Stanford University that spurred misleading headlines which surely sent a few shoppers back to the conventional produce aisle. Well, another report has been published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in the journal Pediatrics, and their findings were similar, but aimed at children.  But the…

Gut Balance is Key to Avoidance of C. difficile Infection

The bacterium Clostridium difficile (also known as C. diff) is a major pathogenic contributor to the development of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, or diarrhea that results from taking an antibiotic. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), C. difficile diarrhea is linked to 14,000 deaths in the United States each year.1 Interestingly, first line treatment for C. diff infection is antibiotics—the…