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The importance of Probiotics

Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-Like Symptom Incidence and Duration in ChildrenGregory J. Leyer, PhDa, Shuguang Li, MSb, Mohamed E. Mubasher, PhDc, Cheryl Reifer, PhDd and Arthur C. Ouwehand, PhDea Department of Research and Development, Danisco, Madison, Wisconsin
b Department of Preventive Medicine, Medical College of Tongji University, Shanghai, China
c Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Texas at Houston, Dallas Regional Campus, Dallas, Texas
d Department of Scientific Affairs, SPRIM USA, Frisco, Texas
e Department of Research and Development, Danisco, Kantvik, Finland OBJECTIVE: Probiotic consumption effects on cold and influenza-likesymptom incidence and duration were evaluated in healthy childrenduring the winter season.METHODS: In this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 326eligible children (3–5 years of age) were assigned randomlyto receive placebo (N = 104), Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM(N = 110), or L acidophilus NCFM in combin…