Monday, March 25, 2019

Harvard Medical Center randomized more than 25,000 men and women to take either Vitamin D supplementation or placebo for more than 5 years. There were no differences in the chance of strokes, heart attacks, or cancer and this finding was true for both those who started with normal Vitamin D levels, or with low levels. …

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Fish oil (also called N-3 or omega-3 fatty acids) have been recommended in the past to decrease the chance of heart attacks and strokes. Harvard Medical Center sponsored a huge study involving more than 25,000 adults. The study included men and women, and all racial groups. These were individuals who did not have risk factors …

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Patients with microscopic/lymphocytic colitis were randomized to treatment with mesalamine, budesonide, or placebo. The mesalamine group did no better than placebo, but the budesonide patients improved nicely. Gastroenterology, December 2018.

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It is well established that FMT is highly effective in recurrent C diff infections. FMT has been tried in many other illnesses, including obesity, autism, schizophrenia, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’ Disease, and many others. British investigators surveyed all the relevant studies that looked at other illnesses, and there was no compelling evidence that …

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866 Canadian children with severe gastroenteritis were randomized to a different probiotic than the one used in the US study, brand name Lacidophil Strong, or placebo. As in the US study, there was no difference in time to illness resolution or spread to family members. Again, this was a high quality, low risk of bias …

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