Probiotics are a multibillion dollar international industry, but new research Wednesday showed they don't help children recover from stomach flu any better than a placebo. The results of two randomized clinical trials -- which came to the same conclusions -- were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Probiotics had no effect on the children," said co-author Phillip Tarr, a professor of pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, adding that the findings were "not ambiguous." "Parents are better off saving their money and using it to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables for their children." Probiotics are surging in popularity, with the global market predicted to expand from $37 billion in 2015 to $64 billion by 2023, according to the report. Five of 12 leading medical groups worldwide currently endorse their use, as a way to promote gut health by restoring intestinal flora, building up so-called "good bacteria" in children's bodies. Those recommending probiotics … [Read more...] about Probiotics are no help to kids with stomach flu: studies
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The 34-year-old comedian and mother-of-three, who lives in Dublin, explains: "I'd drink at least once a week. Sometimes I wouldn't get the chance but, mostly, at a minimum, I would have a bottle of wine on a Friday or Saturday night at home and then maybe a gin and tonic. I could drink two weekend nights. My average weekly consumption would be a bottle of wine and two or three gin and tonics, and the top end - on a bad week - would be two bottles of wine and a few gin and tonics. "I wouldn't really drink Monday to Friday. And I wouldn't have one glass of wine with a meal, but I would probably drink to get drunk." Emma's drinking habits mirror those of many Irish women, with wine being the drink of choice for 60pc of women over 25, according to the Health Research Board's 2013 National Alcohol Diary Survey. Dr Deirdre Mongan, Research Officer with the HRB, who conducted the surveys, says: "There has been a move to home drinking in recent years. Women were more likely than men to consume … [Read more...] about Is your drinking dangerous?
THE numbers of people dying from pancreatic cancer in the EU have increased by 5 per cent between 1990 and 2016, a new report has revealed. That's the highest increase of any of the five top cancer killers, which include lung, colon, breast and prostate cancer. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all the cancers in Europe and is responsible for over 95,000 EU deaths every year. After diagnosis, the average person lasts just 4.6 months, with patients losing 98 per cent of their healthy life expectancy. While lung, breast and colorectal cancers have seen significant reductions in death rates since the start of the '90s, deaths from pancreatic cancer continue to rise. Experts now believe that it's overtaken breast cancer to be the third leading cause of death from cancer in the EU, and in the UK, it's the fifth most deadly cancer. The shocking findings have been published in the "Pancreatic Cancer Across Europe" report by United European Gastroenterology (UEG) to coincide … [Read more...] about Pancreatic cancer deaths soar, experts warn – the red-flag signs you need to know