Research Horizons


The Unfulfilled Promise of Probiotics and the Complexities of Manipulating the Gut Microbiome

Probiotics are everywhere. But do they work?

Fecal transplants have proven effective for treating recurrent C. difficile infections, but probiotics used to treat children with acute gastroenteritis have failed to demonstrate effectiveness.

The takeaways: the field is young, much of the data is murky, and more rigorous study is needed to determine when manipulating the gut microbiome is safe and effective.

Learn more from this presentation by David Haslam, MD, and David Schandower, MD, MPH.

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