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The gut microbiota and inflammation: An overview

The understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the human gut bacteria and the overall functioning of the body has significantly deepened and broadened, with acceleration in research output concerning this area.

Abstract The gut microbiota encompasses a diverse community of bacteria that carry out various functions influencing the overall health of the host. These comprise nutrient metabolism, immune system regulation and natural defence against infection. The presence of certain bacteria is associated with inflammatory molecules that may bring about inflammation in various body tissues. Inflammation underlies […]

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Personal Story

How Crohn’s disease helped me become stronger

Posted: March 29 2021

By Raechelle Bright. I was about to start my senior year of high school. I was feeling sick for a long time and kept it under wraps because I thought it would go away. I started losing weight (and at an extreme rate). Bathroom trips were more frequent, and I often saw blood. I didn’t […]

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Why everyone with IBD should be offered therapy

Posted: March 29 2021

By Jenna Farmer. When I think back to the day I received a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, there are a few memories that stick out in my mind. The doctor handing me medication without really explaining what it was. Googling Crohn’s disease in my sedated, half-awake state, because I really knew nothing about the disease. Mostly, […]

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News

Podcast: My amazing body – The bowel

Posted: March 24 2021

My Amazing Body is a podcast that explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body, featuring interviews with medical experts and stories from real Queenslanders. Each episode runs for about 20 minutes, and you can listen in any order you want. General and colorectal surgeon Dr Ming Ho explains how the bowel works, and […]

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For good health, trust your gut

Posted: March 23 2021

By Michael Miller University of Cincinnati assistant professor Ashley Ross says your body is full of neurons that regulate digestion, inflammation and a host of other biological processes. In her chemistry lab in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, she is studying the role they play in the immune system. “I’m fascinated by the concept that […]

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Could a yeast found in cheese be key to easing Crohn’s disease?

Posted: March 22 2021

Areas of unhealed wounds in the intestines of Crohn’s patients have elevated levels of a type of yeast widely found in cheese and processed meat, the new study found. The researchers discovered that levels of the yeast Debaryomyces hansenii are higher in Crohn’s disease patients than in people without the disease. In Crohn’s patients, levels of the […]

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Towards a toolbox for à la carte editing of the human microbiome

Insights from bacteria-infecting viruses could vastly improve genome editing in diverse microbes, including those of the human microbiome.

By Gabriel Filsinger and Benjamin Boettner The number of bacterial cells inside each person is approximately equal to the number of human cells in the body. Interestingly, how these bacteria contribute to our health or to disease is still largely a mystery. Research on the human microbiome, the bacterial collective inhabiting our gut and other […]

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RCSI researchers discover new way to halt excessive inflammation

Posted: March 15 2021

The discovery has the potential to protect the body from unchecked damage caused by inflammatory diseases. The paper, authored by RCSI researchers, is published in Opens in new windowNature Communications. When immune cells (white blood cells) in our body called macrophages are exposed to potent infectious agents, powerful inflammatory proteins known as cytokines are produced to […]

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How the western diet is wreaking havoc on our guts

Posted: March 11 2021

By Markham Heid. GI researchers say that the rise of IBD and other gut disorders likely stems from a mix of factors. But, to a person, they agree that the much-maligned “Western diet” likely plays a starring role. “As soon as a country is westernized, IBD starts increasing, and I think diet is absolutely contributing […]

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An easy cottage pie recipe for those with Crohn’s disease

Posted: March 9 2021

Comfort food is something we can all turn to if we are feeling like a little pick-me-up. But what if you need to keep track of what you are eating because of an illness or allergies? Just grabbing whatever takes your fancy isn’t something you can necessarily do. We recently featured Debbie Hamilton who lives […]

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