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You’re Covered in Fungi. How Does That Affect Your Health?

Posted: April 13 2019

That’s one mystery that scientists are trying to unravel with research into the fungi that live in your gut. While the bacteria that colonize our intestines have been a scientific focus for more than a decade, the fungal critters there are starting to get more attention. Already, these studies have uncovered striking connections between fungi […]

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Damaged mitochondria and chronic inflammatory conditions

Posted: April 13 2019

Using mouse models, the researchers found that removing damaged mitochondria prevented the acute inflammation seen in diseases such as gout, as well as the chronic inflammation seen in the genetic disease Muckle-Well Syndrome. Inflammation is a protective process that the body uses to remove invading organisms or irritants, but too much inflammation can damage healthy cells […]

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Researchers explore nontoxic IBD treatment

Posted: April 4 2019

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as well as other gastrointestinal problems, are characterized by impaired function in the intestinal epithelial barrier. Damage of the epithelial barrier has links to disease, but it is still unclear what causes impairments in this necessary defense layer. Nevertheless, research has shown that an enzyme called the myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) plays a […]

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Could probiotics evolve in the gut and cause harm?

Posted: March 30 2019

Probiotics are live microorganisms that play a key role in intestinal function. They achieve this by helping create a healthful bacterial balance within the host’s gut. Our bodies already contain around 1.5 kilograms of probiotic bacteria. However, these microorganisms also occur in fermented foods such as yogurt, kimchi, miso, and some types of cheese. Recently, much […]

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Breakthrough Australian device brings hope to Crohn’s disease sufferers

Posted: March 27 2019

Researchers at Victoria’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the Bionics Institute have developed a gut electrode – a tiny implant that electrically stimulates the vagus nerve, a superhighway running between the gut and brain. It is hoped that the trial could one day lead to a cure for Crohn’s disease – a […]

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Low-calorie ‘fasting-mimicking’ diet has potential to treat people with IBD

Posted: March 13 2019

What if a special diet could reduce inflammation and repair your gut? USC researchers provided evidence that a low-calorie “fasting-mimicking” diet has the potential to do just that. Published in the March 5 edition of Cell Reports, the study reports on the health benefits of periodic cycles of the diet for people with inflammation and indicated […]

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Dandruff could be a crucial factor in Crohn’s disease

Posted: March 13 2019

A fungus linked to dandruff may be a crucial factor driving the chronic stomach condition Crohn’s disease, according to a new study. Malassezia yeasts found in oily skin and scalp follicles are linked to skin conditions, including dandruff. Researchers discovered that the fungus commonly found in human hair follicles also resides in the gut. In […]

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Potential new therapy for Crohn’s, colitis identified

Alternative to anti-inflammatory therapies reduces IBD symptoms in mice

Researchers have found a compound that may treat inflammatory bowel disease without directly targeting inflammation. The compound tamps down the activity of a gene linked to blood clotting. They discovered that the gene was turned on at sites of intestinal inflammation and damage, and blocking its activity reduces IBD symptoms in mice. The findings, published […]

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Patients’ own cells could be the key to treating Crohn’s disease

Posted: February 21 2019

Researchers at the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) developed the technique by studying white blood cells taken from patients who have Crohn’s disease, and comparing them to cells of healthy people. Their findings allowed cell therapy specialists in the BRC to develop a treatment involving taking patients’ cells, and growing them […]

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Medical marijuana is on the rise in Australia, but we still don’t know a lot about how it works

Posted: February 21 2019

Yesterday, the ABC revealed more than 3,100 medicinal cannabis scripts had been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) since the Federal Government relaxed restrictions in March 2018. According to experts, these people were just the tip of the iceberg. It has been estimated as many as 100,000 Australians self-medicate with cannabis they’ve acquired illegally. Advocates of […]

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