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BACKGROUND Some evidence has shown benefits of probiotics in the management of minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE). We evaluated the efficacy of a multistrain probiotic compound, alone and in combination with lactulose, in the treatment of MHE. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study has two parts. First, consecutive adult patients with MHE were randomized to(More)
INTRODUCTION Oats are high in soluble fibers and effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). We assessed the effects of beta-glucan from oat bran on serum nitric oxide (NO) endothelial function in patients with hypercholesterolemia. METHOD Sixty hypercholesterolemic patients were randomly divided to receive an experimental bread rich(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence has shown an association of Helicobacter pylori infection with liver dysfunction and damage. We investigated if H. pylori eradication affects liver enzymes in patients referring with unexplained hypertransaminasemia. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients with mild unexplained hypertransaminasemia accompanied with dyspepsia and confirmed H.(More)
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