Vsl#3® Probiotic Shown Effective In Dietary Management Of Children With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New data show that VSL#3, a high-potency probiotic medical food, provides effective dietary management of children affected with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Until recently, little has been done to understand the role of probiotics in the dietary management of children with IBS. Now, data is available showing VSL#3 as an option for children suffering from this disorder. These data were published in the July issue of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. “There is evidence that some probiotics, such as VSL#3, have a beneficial role in the dietary management of children and teenagers suffering with IBS,” said Stefano Guandalini, MD, Professor and Chief of the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Chicago. “This has the potential to make a real difference for kids who suffer from pain, bloating and discomfort of IBS.” This investigation was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial conducted in five pediatric tertiary care centers. Patients eligible for enrollment were male and female children in the age range of 4 to 18 years, with an IBS diagnosis. A total of 59 children completed the study. Although placebo was beneficial in some of the parameters and in as many as half of the patients, VSL#3 was significantly superior to placebo in reaching the primary (relief of symptoms) and most secondary endpoints (abdominal pain/discomfort, abdominal bloating/gassiness and family assessment of life disruption). About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) IBS is a common problem in pediatrics, for which no cure is available. This disorder is characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

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Peppermint may soothe irritable bowel syndrome

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Now new research published this week in the international journal Pain says peppermint activates an “anti-pain” channel in the colon, soothing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract. “Our research shows that peppermint acts through a specific anti-pain channel called TRPM8 to reduce pain sensing fibres, particularly those activated by mustard and chilli. This is potentially the first step in determining a new type of mainstream clinical treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),” says Dr Stuart Brierley . Scientists in Australia at the University of Adelaide’s Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory say peppermint has been commonly prescribed by naturopaths for many years, there has been no clinical evidence until now to demonstrate why it is so effective in relieving pain. IBS is one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. It begins before the age of 35 in about 50 percent of people. “This is a debilitating condition and affects many people on a daily basis, particularly women who are twice as likely to experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” Brierley adds. There is no cure for IBS and it often comes and goes over a person’s lifetime. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases here in the US says there is no specific test for IBS, however many doctors may run tests to be sure you don’t have other diseases. These tests include stool sampling tests, blood tests, x-rays and a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy . Most people diagnosed with IBS control their symptoms with diet, stress management and medicine. A high-fiber die t was once thought to be the best diet for almost everyone with IBS, but recent studies show that isnt true for everyone. Foods such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peas, onions, and bagels, that can cause minor discomfort in a normal GI tract can cause significant bloating, gas, and abdominal pain in IBS sufferers.

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