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Probiotics can reduce the healthcare cost of constipation in older people

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Constipation is one of the leading chronic conditions facing older patients in nursing homes. Probiotics can improve gut health as a supplement to conventional treatment – but the financial benefit of their use has been unclear. This has now been investigated in a nursing home setting. After calculating the efficacy of probiotics and total costs, results show that a nursing home can save money in annual constipation-related expenses when supplementing residents with daily probiotics.