Probiotics: A Clinical Guide

Martin H. Floch, MD; Adam S. Kim, MD

Chapter 13: The Role Of Probiotics Indiarrheal Diseases (continued)

Stefano Guandalini, MD

Diarrheal diseases continue to represent a major threat to global health. In spite of more widespread use of oral rehydration solutions and slowly improving hygienic standards in developing countries, mortality from acute diarrhea, especially in young children, continues to be unacceptably high in these areas. In developed countries, on the other hand, while the burden of mortality from diarrheal diseases has largely regressed to be now considered marginal, these disorders still retain a high impact in terms of morbidity and associated financial and social costs that range from…