The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Probiotic studies presented at ACG

     NewsWise reports the results of 3 studies presented during the American College of Gastroenterology’s 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando.

    Highlights of the reports on probiotics used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) follow.

    Probiotic review

    • 19 studies in 1628 IBS patients were reviewed.
    • Probiotics are effective in IBS.
    • But it’s not clear whether 1 probiotic or combinations of probiotics are required.

    Effect of a multi-strain probiotic on the frequency of diarrhea

    • 84 IBS patients with diarrhea were studied for 28 days.
    • Bowel habits in IBS patients normalized compared to those who received the placebo — a significant difference.

    Children with IBS

    • 59 pediatric patients received either a probiotic agent (VSL#3®) or placebo for 6 weeks, and then the other treatment for 6 weeks more.
    • Results were based on responses to a questionnaire.
    • The probiotic was safe and significantly more effective than placebo in alleviating IBS symptoms (abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating, stool dysfunction) in children and teenagers.

    10/6/08 14:59 JR

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