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Gut Instincts: Researchers discover first clues on how gut health influences brain health

Posted: October 31 2019

Over the last two decades, scientists have observed a clear link between autoimmune disorders and a variety of psychiatric conditions. For example, people with autoimmune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), psoriasis and multiple sclerosis may also have depleted gut microbiota and experience anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Genetic risks for autoimmune disorders and […]

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Lifestyle is a threat to gut bacteria: Ötzi proves it

Posted: October 31 2019

The intestinal microbiome is a delicate ecosystem made up of billions and billions of microorganisms, bacteria in particular, that support our immune system, protect us from viruses and pathogens, and help us absorb nutrients and produce energy. The industrialization process in Western countries had a huge impact on its content. This was confirmed by a […]

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Imagine Dragons’ frontman lives with two chronic diseases

Posted: October 31 2019

Imagine Dragons is as American pop-rock bank from Las Vegas, known for their hit songs “Radioactive,” “Thunder,” and “Believer.” Their lead vocalist, Dan Reynolds, surprised fans in 2015 by announcing that he has been diagnosed with two medical conditions. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) at the age of 21, and ankylosing spondylitis at 24. He […]

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Why it’s time to take electrified medicine seriously

Posted: October 31 2019

When the disease plaguing her digestive system was at its worst, Kelly Owens once had to rush to the bathroom 17 separate times in the course of a few hours. By the time she was 25, her crippling case of Crohn’s disease had given her arthritis from her ankles all the way up to her jaw and […]

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Translating the gut microbiome: ready for the clinic?

Posted: October 30 2019

Research into the gut microbiota and its role in health and disease has expanded rapidly in the past two decades. However, much of the early focus has been on cataloguing the microorganisms present, identifying correlations between microbial species and disease and using preclinical animal models to understand phenotypes. Now efforts are under way to provide […]

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Many common meds could alter your microbiome

Posted: October 24 2019

Some widely used drugs alter the population of microbes in the gut, and a number raise the risk of antibiotic resistance, a new Dutch study shows. The gut microbiome includes at least 1,000 species of bacteria and is influenced by a number of different factors, including medication. Research suggests that changes in the gut microbiome are associated with obesity, […]

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Victorian bowel cancer patient charged with cultivating cannabis

Posted: October 24 2019

Alice Burns said a lack of affordable medicinal cannabis led to her decision to grow her own cannabis, which she then used to make cannabis oil. The 54-year-old was arrested and charged in June, after a police tip-off led to a search of her home in regional Victoria’s Otway Ranges. “The local policeman knew that […]

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You don’t look sick: ‘Crohn’s is more than just trips to the toilet’

Posted: October 24 2019

Rebecca was first diagnosed in December 2014. The yoga teacher and restaurant supervisor from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, was going to the toilet more, suffering from stomach ache and was losing weight. A blood test also showed that she was anaemic (low iron levels) and her GP suspected Crohn’s disease. She was referred for a colonoscopy, where […]

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How do interactions between gut bacteria and fungi exacerbate Crohn’s disease?

Posted: October 24 2019

Scientists have known that bacteria in the gut, along with environmental and genetic factors, contribute to the debilitating intestinal ailment of Crohn’s disease (CD). But in 2016, Mahmoud A Ghannoum, professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, was the first […]

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Crohn’s, uncertainty and comfort

Posted: October 24 2019

I have always considered my earliest memories of suffering from Crohn’s Disease to be somewhat strange. Their peculiarity does not arise from the specifics of what happened. In fact, they mostly involve quotidian family interactions that most people would easily forget. What perplexes me about them is how little they actually have to do with […]

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