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Progress in the use of ORS and zinc for the treatment of childhood diarrhea
eMediNexus Editorial,  03 October 2020
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A recent article published in the Journal of Global Health reported that the worldwide deaths from childhood diarrhea have declined over the past decades, but still accounts for a total of half a million per year. A major contributor to this decline has been the use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) to both treat and prevent dehydration from diarrhea.The authors stated that it was in 1968, that the scientific basis of glucose facilitated sodium absorption that led to ORS was first published. Ten years later in 1978, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the global diarrheal control program with ORS at its heart, and ORS was hailed as “potentially the most important medical advance” of the 20th century. After rapid scale-up of ORS use from 1980 with support from the WHO and other international agencies, ORS is now used for treatment in about one-third of diarrhea episo...
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