Do probiotics have a therapeutic role in gastroenterology?

  title={Do probiotics have a therapeutic role in gastroenterology?},
  author={Jimmy K Limdi and Catherine S O'Neill and John T. McLaughlin},
  journal={World journal of gastroenterology},
  volume={12 34},
Several hundred species of bacteria inhabit the gut, and affect its cell biology, morphology and homeostasis. Many bacteria are however potential pathogens, especially if the integrity of the epithelial barrier is physically or functionally breached. Conversely, the interaction between host and commensal microbes can confer important health benefits. This has led to commercial and public interest in "probiotics", live microbes principally taken as food supplements. Might probiotics also be used… CONTINUE READING

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