Zinc pill for diarrhoea queried

Diarrhoea is a major killer in the developing worldA team from Lata Medical Research Foundation assessed the effects of the supplements on 808 children in Nagpur.

The BMC Medicine study found they were no more effective at reducing symptoms than a dummy pill.

However, a World Health Organization expert said many clinical trials over 20 years had supported zinc use.

Diarrhoea is a major killer worldwide, responsible for around 4% of all deaths.

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