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Controlling Levels of Specific Gut Bacteria Could Help Prevent Severe Diarrhea

(Michigan State University) Everyone has suffered from it. It's ranged from mild to severe. It's a condition that's most-often described in a whisper.
Diarrhea.
Severe cases of diarrhea, however, are no joking matter. Research led by Michigan State University and published in a recent issue of the journal Microbiome may offer patients suffering from acute cases new treatments that focus on intestinal microbial communities to prevent the disease…
In the MSU study, most of the patients had an increase in the level of Escherichia, bacteria that are commonly found in the intestines that can sometimes be pathogenic…
These findings are important because new treatments could be developed to control the levels of Escherichia in cases of severe diarrhea and/or to promote the growth of microbial populations that are important for healthy gut function [said Shannon Manning, MSU Foundation Professor of microbiology and molecular genetics and leader of the study].
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