Here on the Probulin Team, we don’t always agree about what to write about in the blog. There are those of us who want to cite all the research studies out there and those of us who just want to summarize, without including numbers and such. (Guess you could call it the battle of right brain versus left brain thinkers!)
Today, the numbers people won. There’s a great website (click here to visit it www.probiotic-research.com) that summarizes abstracts of ongoing or completed scientific research studies.
One stuck out among the others. Doctors did a study of 72 patients with severe multiple injuries. Some received a placebo and others received a combination of a probiotic and a prebiotic (called a synbiotic). The abstract says in conclusion: “Synbiotics contained in the studied formula decrease significantly the risk for sepsis by bloodstream infections and the occurrence of VAP by A. baumannii.”
Translated, VAP is ventilator associated pneumonia, which is a real problem at hospitals. Other studies have also found that probiotics fight off VAP. One, done at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., said that daily use of probiotics reduced VAP in critically ill patients by almost half. (In the interest of fairness, we want to note that the study patients were carefully selected and probiotics have not been studied for all critically ill patients on the ventilator.)
Half! Even if you don’t like to deal in numbers, you gotta like that number!
For more studies like this, check out the link we mentioned above. . . and, of course, check back here. Us stats loving people win the fights occasionally and get to fill this blog with some medical talk!
Go with your Gut,
The Probulin Team