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The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) presents the Integrative Medicine Research Lecture series. The series provides overviews of the current state of research and practice involving complementary health therapies, and explores perspectives on the emerging discipline of integrative medicine.
Patricia Hibberd, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a professor of global health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the chief of the division of global health in the department of pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hibberd is a practicing infectious diseases physician and researcher, and is focusing on ways in which probiotics may be able to prevent and treat infectious disease.
Although a wide range of probiotics are consumed by millions of people on a daily basis for boosting general health and well-being, there is little information about the safety and efficacy of these products to prevent or treat illness. This talk will focus on research around four clinical trials that utilized the probiotic Lactobacillus GG (LGG) to address safety. Findings show that although some mild gastrointestinal side effects are more common in subjects receiving probiotics than placebo, almost all side effects are mild and are not likely related to consuming probiotics.
Patricia Hibberd, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Chief, Division of Global Health, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital