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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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Abnormal cellular process implicated in gut inflammation and onset of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Posted: February 21 2019

The lining of the gut allows absorption of nutrients but prevents harmful microbes and other gut contents from getting across.  This lining is made up of a single layer of specialised cells, and undergoes continual renewal or ‘turnover’, with new cells constantly being generated and lost.  Maintaining the normal functioning and renewal of the barrier […]

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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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Why Thousands of People Are Sharing Their Ostomy Bags on Social Media

Posted: February 21 2019

It’s in honor of Seven Bridges, a young boy who died by suicide. “You’re a freak!” “What’s wrong with you?”“You’re not normal.” These are all things kids with disabilities might hear at school and on the playground. According to research, children with disabilities were two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. […]

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‘Carbohydrate Monotony’ Diet May Ease IBD

Posted: February 14 2019

Less-developed countries that are adopting a Western-type lifestyle are showing an increase in IBD cases, albeit with a lower incidence. This illustrates the importance of understanding the environmental factors behind IBD. Researchers believe IBD is influenced by genetics, defective immunological responses of the host, problems in the gut’s natural barrier and in its microbiome (the […]

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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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Diet and Clear-Mindedness Affects Psychosocial Needs in IBD Patients

Posted: February 14 2019

Among 10 different psychosocial needs, diet and a lack of clear-mindedness were the ones most patients with inflammatory bowel disease felt were affected by their disease, a study reports. The study, “An Exploratory Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Psychosocial Factors Affecting Health-Related Quality of Life,” was published in Medical Sciences. Although previous studies have shown that […]

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