Understanding Why Probiotic Therapies Can be Effective in Treating IBD

  title={Understanding Why Probiotic Therapies Can be Effective in Treating IBD},
  author={Richard N Fedorak},
  journal={Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology},
  • R. Fedorak
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Probiotics, for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, are a group of specific nonpathogenic bacteria that are functionally and genetically defined by their ability to reduce inflammation in the intestine. Although probiotics also seem to have broad beneficial effects in humans, both as a food and as a therapeutic agent, there are specific identified mechanisms in some, but not all, of these bacteria that are important relative to the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. Recently… 

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