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Probiotics and Intestinal Health in Children

PME logoThere is a long history of probiotics being used in various cultures for health promotion and therapeutic purposes. During the past decade a quickly growing body of evidence suggests that these “good” bacteria can be used in the diet as medicinal therapy and have beneficial effects on mucosal barrier dysfunctions, including diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, and allergy. Even though the majority of published data involve the use of probiotics to treat and prevent gastrointestinal (GI) infections, the potential functions of these microorganisms may extend far beyond what was originally conceptualized. While probiotics have been used in newborns and infants to restore and maintain the integrity of the GI system, the medical community continues to investigate the long-term effects of such interventions on infant gut microflora.

Below are links to each of the presentations given at the live dinner symposium held in Washington D.C. on October 9, 2005. Each of the links will open the presentation in a new window. System Requirements: You will need Macromedia's Flash player to view these presentations.

Probiotics and Pediatrics
W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School

Probiotics: Overview and Rationale: Use in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Athos Bousvaros, M.D., M.P.H.
Boston Children's Hospital

Probiotics and Day Care Center Disease Prevention
Jonathan Markowitz, M.D., MSCE
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Probiotics: Applications in Combating Children's Diarrhea
Cornelius Van Niel, M.D.
Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA

Probiotics and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Athos Bousvaros, M.D., M.P.H.
Boston Children's Hospital


Program made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by The Dannon Company, Inc. and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.


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