Heike Stier

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Beta-glucans are a heterogeneous group of natural polysaccharides mostly investigated for their immunological effects. Due to the low systemic availability of oral preparations, it has been thought that only parenterally applied beta-glucans can modulate the immune system. However, several in vivo and in vitro investigations have revealed that orally(More)
In a placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial, the tolerability of a proprietary larch arabinogalactan preparation (ResistAid™) was investigated. METHODS: 199 healthy participants were randomly assigned to receive either placebo (n = 98) or an arabinogalactan preparation (n = 101) over a period of 12 weeks. As safety parameters the total(More)
BACKGROUND The probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 (also known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae HANSEN CBS 5926; in the following S. boulardii) has proven its effectiveness in preventive and therapeutic treatment of many gastrointestinal diseases, especially diseases associated with acute diarrhea. In particular, antibiotic-associated diarrhea,(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of the intestinal microbiome is increasing steadily with regard to the immune function und the defense against pathogens. The medicinal yeast Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 (S. boulardii) has been used as probiotic for the prevention and treatment of infectious diarrhea since more than 50 years. Meta-analyses confirm the clinical(More)
When myocardial fibre necrosis was produced experimentally in rats by high doses of dopamine, the main lesions were found in the left ventricular and septal myocardium. They could also be demonstrated in the left atrium. This report, which concerns clinical observations, is suggestive of a secondary cardiomyopathy in humans due to dopamine. The following(More)
BACKGROUND The application of alcohol-containing medicinal products to children has been a subject of discussion for many years. A safety threshold of 0.125‰ blood alcohol concentration following the administration of a single dose has been recommended by the European Medicines Agency.The aim of this clinical study was to prove the safety of administering a(More)
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