There had been a great deal of discussion regarding the role of probiotics in the human diet. These are “beneficial” bacteria, felt to assist in nutrition, intestinal function, and strengthening of the immune function. Dannon yogurt has developed two new products for consumers. “Activa” and “Danactive” are advertised as heaving significant health benefits due to beneficial probiotics.

Dr. Eamonn Quigley has done extensive research in this area, and with his team of investigators, has developed their own strain of probiotics, which has been show to help patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Quigley will join Dr. Galati this week to discuss this topic further.

Eamonn Quigley MD, FACG is Professor of Medicine and Human Physiology and Head of the Medical School, National University of Ireland (NUI), in Cork, Ireland. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology and Vice-President of the World Organization of Gastroenterology (OMGE - Organisation Mondiale de Gastroentérologie).

His major research interests are in the areas of motility, functional gastrointestinal disorders and gastrointestinal dysfunction in systemic disease. He has published over 400 original papers, reviews, editorials and book chapters and has received numerous awards from universities and societies worldwide.

Professor Quigley graduated in medicine (MB BCh BAO)from the National University of Ireland, Cork in 1976. Following an internship in Cork, he spent four years at the Western Infirmary and associated hospitals in Glasgow, Scotland, where he completed a residency in internal medicine and commenced sub-specialty training in gastroenterology. There followed a two-year research fellowship, leading to an MD degree by thesis, at the Mayo Clinic. Prof. Quigley then spent four years as a lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Manchester at Hope Hospital Salford, UK

For the next 13 years, Prof. Quigley was on the faculty of the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, rising to the positions of Section Chief and Professor of Medicine. He then returned to his alma mater in Cork to assume his current positions in 1998.

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Tom Skinner, a public affairs officer for the Centers for Disease Control, will be a guest this week on Your Health First to discuss the bird flu epidemic. There has been tremendous public concern regarding the status of this perceived health concern. The CDC has a dedicated web site to inform citizens regarding what specific measures need to be taken. The World Health Organization has developed a series of frequently asked questions regarding bird flu. Call in and speak with Mr. Skinner, an expert to answer the questions you have.

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