Drugs

Do Probiotics Help Kids With Stomach Bugs?

July 7, 2014

Consumers worldwide spend billions of dollars each year on probiotic foods and supplements. But studies evaluating probiotics — microorganisms believed to aid digestive health — have been limited. To better understand probiotics’ capabilities, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are leading a nationwide clinical trial to determine whether one of the most commonly used probiotics can safely and effectively treat infants and toddlers suffering from acute gastroenteritis, otherwise known as stomach virus or “stomach flu.”

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