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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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Personal Story

How the Expectation for Men to Be Tough Affected My Crohn’s Disease

Posted: March 22 2019

Boys are tough; boys don’t cry; boys play football. Pain is not something a boy experiences unless he is mortally wounded. Tough it out. Another child of many millions growing up with a gendered brain. Afraid of myself, my own emotions. Afraid of expressing weakness and pain. We’ve shamed the admittance of pain and idolized […]

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Research

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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Woman with Crohn’s disease ‘learned to love’ her scars

Posted: March 13 2019

Natalie who has Crohn’s disease has asked photographers not to remove her scars from pictures when she works as a model. Now she wants to encourage others to be body positive. Watch her story at https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-wiltshire-47495346/woman-with-crohn-s-disease-learned-to-love-her-scars

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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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