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More than 100 new gut bacteria discovered in human microbiome

Posted: February 14 2019

The new resource will enable researchers to identify the bacteria residing in the intestine more accurately and more quickly than has ever been possible before and pave the way for new approaches to treating disorders, infections and immune conditions of the gut. The gut microbiome plays a major role in human health; imbalances in the […]

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The Wonders of Poop

Posted: February 14 2019

Before we get started, it’s worth refreshing our understanding of precisely what poop is. Feces are the remains of food that bacteria have fermented in the gut and that the small intestine could not digest or absorb. Poop is mostly water; and, as we all know from experience, the amount of water in each stool […]

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Could pomegranate treat IBD?

Posted: January 31 2019

Pomegranate could fight the agonising symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), scientists believe. The researchers, at the University of Louisville in Kentucky said their discovery highlights the importance of gut health to protect from IBD. The researchers discovered a metabolite called urolithin A (UroA) is produced as a result of polyphenols in fruits and gut […]

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Cells that destroy the intestine

Certain cells in the intestines have a key role to play in inducing acute inflammatory episodes.

Chronic inflammatory diseases are caused by a complex mixture of various factors. This leads eventually to the intestine’s immune system becoming over-stimulated, with the resulting inflammation often leading to serious symptoms of disease. The immune system in the intestines includes cells known as tissue resident memory cells, or TRM cells for short. So far, scientists […]

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Discovery of bacterial signature of intestinal disease

Posted: January 22 2019

Enormous numbers of bacteria live in our intestines: they normally cause no disease and they are essential if we are to remain healthy. If the delicate balance of these beneficial bacteria is disturbed through an unhealthy diet or side-effects of medications, the health-promoting functions of the bacteria are disrupted. Without the right interactions between our […]

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Poo Transplant Effective Treatment For Chronic Bowel Condition

Posted: January 22 2019

Poo transplant or “Faecal microbiota transplantation” (FMT) can successfully treat patients with ulcerative colitis, new research from the University of Adelaide shows. Researchers found a short duration of low intensity FMT using anaerobically (in an oxygen-free environment) prepared pooled donor FMT could induce remission in ulcerative colitis, with a 32% rate of remission compared to […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease tied to heart attack risk

Posted: January 2 2019

(Reuters Health) – – People with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may be up to 12 times more likely to have a heart attack, a U.S. study suggests. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic or recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s are the most common forms. People […]

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Photos of ‘Moon Face’ on Social Media

Posted: December 12 2018

“Moon face,” or the round face some people get while using steroids like prednisone, is a common and sometimes difficult side effect of chronic illness. Though opening up about how hard it can be when your face changes shape isn’t always easy, many chronic warriors have taken to Twitter to show off their own moon face […]

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Cannabis easing their chronic pain. Now their father is facing jail

Posted: December 12 2018

After years watching his daughters Morgan and Ariel suffer from the chronic auto-immune disease Crohn’s, Stephen Taylor decided to research medical cannabis. “A couple of times there I carried Morgan into hospital weighing around 32 kilograms — actually carrying her in my arms and crying.” Morgan, 21, and Ariel, 25, have both been repeatedly hospitalised […]

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Ulcerative colitis could be increasing the risk of contracting pulmonary diseases

Posted: December 3 2018

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is thought of as a multi-organ disease with frequent extra-intestinal manifestations. Pulmonary manifestations of IBD are rare, but when they occur, they pose a challenge to definitive diagnosis. If pulmonary involvement occurs while IBD is under control, it is far more difficult to diagnose, primarily because the clinical manifestations are complicated […]

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