Probiotics are dietary supplements which contain beneficial or friendly bacteria or yeasts which may strengthen or exert health benefits to the body’s natural digestive system. Probiotics offer a way to restore the natural balance of your digestive system especially if you suffer from anyone of constipation, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, urgency or gas and bloating. Numerous research studies have shown benefits for sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis). Probiotics which contain the strain bifidobacterium infantis 35624 have been shown to relieve abdominal pain, bloating, urgency, constipation or diarrhea.
The immediate goal of the Friends is to raise funds to support ongoing research programs in liver disease, including hepatitis C, and to hire new investigators and researchers. A longer-term goal is to raise funds to establish two or more endowed chairs in liver research at Saint Louis University. The group's ultimate goal is to establish a named, endowed liver research facility consolidating all of the Center's activities into a single location.