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2011-05-16

Probiotics for Stomach Flu-Associated Fever

Well, you may have noticed the service I use for this blog (Blogger) was down from Wednesday night until Friday afternoon. For most of you, when you clicked on the link in the email that was sent out for my last post (if you subscribe by email), you got an error page. This is what happened... data corruption as outlined HERE.

Anyway, I'm just glad it up and it's back to business as usual.

This new study on a probiotic strain found it could relieve the fever associated with norovirus (A.K.A. Norwalk virus), which causes viral gastroenteritis (which some refer to as the stomach flu).

The researchers performed an open case-controlled study to evaluate the effect of a probiotic-fermented milk containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS-fermented milk) on norovirus gastroenteritis in 77 elderly people who were enrolled in the study.

While there didn't seem to be any significant difference in the incidence of norovirus gastroenteritis between the treatment group and control groups; it did, however, reduce the average duration of fever after the onset of gastroenteritis.

For those administered the LcS-fermented milk, analysis showed both Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus to be significantly dominant, whereas Enterobacteriaceae decreased in faecal samples (with a significant increase in faecal acetic acid concentration).

The authours conclude, "continuous intake of LcS-fermented milk could positively contribute to the alleviation of fever caused by norovirus gastroenteritis by correcting the imbalance of the intestinal microflora peculiar to the elderly, although such consumption could not protect them from the disease."

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Source: Effect of probiotic-fermented milk containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota on fever in an outbreak of norovirus gastroenteritis and the faecal microflora in a health service facility for the aged

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