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Probiotics' Benefits May Be More Than a Gut Feeling

The Wall Street Journal features an article on probiotics - one of the fastest-growing dietary supplements, believed to help with digestion – which are increasingly being studied to treat wide-ranging conditions, from colic to cholesterol and the common cold. Boston Children’s Esi Lamousé-Smith, MD, PhD, speaks about the community of bacteria that exist in the body (good bacteria help digest food, produce vitamins and protect from infections, among other things) and describes how by age 3 these bacteria, sometimes referred to as our gut or intestinal microbiome, are more or less set.

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Antacids in pregnancy may increase childhood asthma

Elizabeth Hait, MD, MPH, Edda Fiebiger, PhD, and Eleonora Dehlink, MD, PhD, discuss the effect of taking acid-suppressing drugs during pregnancy on childhood asthma.



A new therapy at Boston Children's

A new therapy at Boston Children's stopped Scarlet's liver damage while allowing her digestive tract time to heal.

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