Controlling levels of specific gut bacteria could help prevent severe diarrhea

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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 U.S. alone, most diarrhea is caused by 31 different foodborne pathogens that are responsible for more than 9.4 million infections, nearly 56,000 hospitalizations and 1,351 deaths annually.

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