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Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine resulting in severe pain, bloody diarrhea, fatigue, and fever. Some research indicates it could be an unhealthy ratio of bad to friendly (probiotic flora) bacteria that somehow triggers the disease. 32 people with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis that was not responding to medication were placed on a large serving of friendly flora twice a day for 6 weeks in an open trial. At the end of six weeks 53% had remission of disease, 24% had a significant decrease in symptoms, 9% had no response and 9% felt worse. The combined remission/response rate was a strong 77% (remember - these people were not responding to drug therapy). The study is publisghed in the current issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Prehypertension may increase risk of stroke and heart attack
Prehypertension is a systolic figure between 120-139 mm Hg (the top figure in your blood pressure reading) and a diastolic reading between 80 and 90. In this study 9000 people were followed for 18 years. It was found that a higher reading of prehypertension increased the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, and heart failure by 42%. The study is published in the July/August 2005 issue of the journal Annals of Family Practice.