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‘Tiny fat bubbles’ can boost immunity

People living with inflammatory autoimmune disease could benefit from an ‘immune system reboot’, and researchers have isolated specific cells to target.

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ranjeny Thomas said the research findings give hope for similar new immunotherapies for people with diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis. “People with these diseases currently require daily medications to modify or suppress their immune system,” she said. “Rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis have a huge impact on those living with them because […]

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Guts to shape up in childhood

Healthy diet and lifestyle lay the foundation for good gut ‘microbiota’ in early childhood according to research published by The University of Queensland.

UQ Child Health Research Centre Adjunct Research Fellow and dietitian Dr Misa Matsuyama said her findings showed the importance of early life nutrition on gut microbiota in children aged 1-2 years. “The gut microbiota develops most rapidly in early life and diet is one of the most important factors directly influencing the make-up of these gut communities,” […]

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Scientists hone in on DNA differences behind immune diseases

Posted: September 25 2019

Scientists are one step closer to discovering the causes of immune diseases such as asthma, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Research from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, GSK and Biogen, under the Open Targets initiative, has shown that thousands of differences in DNA between individuals, associated with immune diseases, are linked with the switching-on of a specific […]

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Personal Story

Why It’s Okay to Grieve the Loss of Your Colon

Posted: September 25 2019

When you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness like ulcerative colitis (UC), it’s important to be in touch with not only your body and how you feel physically but also how you are coping mentally. Before my diagnosis, I had never heard of inflammatory bowel disease. But at the age of 22, I began experiencing sharp stomach […]

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Does a low FODMAP diet really work?

Posted: September 24 2019

Wanting a balanced perspective whether a FODMAP diet lives up to its claim of relieving IBS symptoms in the majority?  Consumer group, Choice recently spoke to our team to uncover some home-truths about this novel diet therapy, and made a few important points: 1) A FODMAP diet wont ‘cure’ IBS. Instead, the diet simply alleviates symptoms […]

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Gutsy effort to produce comprehensive study of intestinal gases

Posted: September 18 2019

A source of embarrassment to some, or pure comedy to others, flatulence and the gases of the intestines are increasingly seen as playing an important role in our digestive health. A paper led by UNSW Sydney and published in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology has examined all available literature on gastrointestinal gases, their interactions with the microbiome […]

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Putting an end to inflammation

Posted: September 18 2019

Physician Dr. Andreas Ramming from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has succeeded in securing research funding in one of the toughest European selection processes. Over the next five years, the European Research Council (ERC) will support his outstanding research project with an ERC Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros. Dr. Andreas Ramming from the Department of Medicine […]

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Scientists discover promising new lead in Crohn’s disease

QIMR Berghofer researchers have identified a key driver of the aggressive gut disorder, Crohn’s disease, a finding that could eventually lead to new treatments for the often-debilitating condition.

Crohn’s disease – also known as inflammatory bowel disease – is incurable and affects about 35,000 people in Australia. QIMR Berghofer scientists found the protein PD-L2 was overactive in people with Crohn’s disease. The study was led by the head of the Molecular Immunology group, Dr Michelle Wykes, and Dr Graham Radford-Smith, who leads the […]

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Personal Story

Student with stoma accused of taking drugs

Posted: September 11 2019

Amber Davies, 21, from Builth Wells, has a stoma after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis aged 13. While on a night out in Birmingham, she was “grabbed” by a bouncer after coming out of the disabled toilet. Wetherspoons said staff apologised for the “confusing situation”. Amber posted an open letter on her Instagram account detailing her experience, saying the […]

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Diet-induced remission of Crohn’s disease associated with altered microbial community structure

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania looked at the association of diet, gut microbiome and IBD.

Background The microbiome has been implicated in the initiation and persistence of inflammatory bowel disease. Despite the fact that diet is one of the most potent modulators of microbiome composition and function and that dietary intervention is the first-line therapy for treating pediatric Crohn’s disease, the relationships between diet-induced remission, enteropathy, and microbiome are poorly […]

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