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Why eating ‘right’ could cause you to stray from your diet

Posted: April 21 2019

New findings published on the 17th April in the International Journal of Epidemiologysuggest that even the recommended amounts of red and processed meat may be harmful to health. This single large prospective study of half a million people in the UK showed that red and processed meats are carcinogenic to the human colon. Researchers found that consuming […]

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Fungus is the next ‘superbug’ to threaten human health

Posted: April 21 2019

When they hear “fungus”, most people think of mushrooms. Or in terms of health: maybe thrush. Benign organisms, living on the peripheries. And this is fairly accurate — fungi spend their lives quietly decomposing the planet’s organic waste, freeing nutrients into the environment to be utilised by others. They are also increasingly recognised as an […]

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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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Smoking and the Gut

Posted: March 30 2019

You may wonder if smoking cigarettes has any effect on your bowels, like coffee does. After all, isn’t nicotine a stimulant, too? But the research on the intersection between smoking and diarrhea is mixed. Few direct links have been found between smoking a cigarette and having a bowel movement. But a lot of research has been done […]

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Discovery of a crucial immune reaction when solid food is introduced that prevents inflammatory disorders

Posted: March 30 2019

Microbes colonize all body surfaces and help to balance the immune system. In newborn infants, gut microbiota is first conditioned by breast milk components. When solid food is introduced, gut microbiota develops and bacteria proliferate. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and Inserm have discovered that a key immune response is generated in mice when solid […]

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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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Link Between Celiac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Previous studies report a possible association between IBD and celiac disease; however, this link is controversial.

Using the search terms “inflammatory bowel disease” and “celiac disease,” researchers identified initially 1525 publications. In total 27 studies met inclusion criteria. Proportions and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the prevalence of IBD in celiac disease and vice versa were compared with published prevalence rates for the respective geographic regions. It was concluded that the […]

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