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December 1, 2015

Genetic Study of Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Could Lead to Better Treatments

Nov. 30, 2015 — Genetic variation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appears to play a major role in determining how sick they will become and could provide a road map for more effective ... read more

Gut Microbiota Changes in Diabetic Kidney Disease Contribute to Chronic Inflammation and Vascular Complications

Nov. 6, 2015 — Among patients with type 2 diabetes and advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), a shift in gut microbiota diversity in combination with elevated plasma zonulin levels substantially impacts the degree ... read more

Do We Need a National Movement on the Microbiome?

Nov. 2, 2015 — The American Gastroenterological Association applauds the call for a formal approach to understanding microbial communities critical to all ecosystems, particularly the human ... read more

Common Steroid Does Not Reduce Chronic Pain After Heart Surgery

Oct. 26, 2015 — A common steroid medication does not ease long-term pain at the incision site made during open-heart surgery, according to results of a large multicenter randomized controlled ... read more

Fecal Transplants Show Promise, but Need Careful Monitoring, Say Experts

Oct. 20, 2015 — The use of fecal transplants to treat severe infections has rapidly become the treatment of choice, but as use increases and widens proper screening of donors, and good long term trials and ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Human intestinal flora regulates the levels of the body's main antioxidant, glutathione, which fights a host of diseases, new research confirms. The findings could lead to new ... read more

Site of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Crucial: Genetic Similarity Suggests Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Form a Continuum of Subtypes in the Bowel

Oct. 18, 2015 — A new understanding of inflammatory bowel diseases has been prompted by the analysis of genetic and clinical data from more than 30,000 patients. This study reveals that genetic factors affect the ... read more

New Gene Discovery Linked to Heightened Risk of Bowel Cancer Recurrence and Shorter Survival

Oct. 15, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a new gene linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer recurrence and shortened ... read more

Researchers Propose Novel Solution to HIV Prevention

Oct. 15, 2015 — Enemas are commonly used by men who have sex with men (MSM) and transwomen (TW) before sexual intercourse. But these groups are vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) ... read more

Oct. 14, 2015 — A gut microbe analysis of children receiving treatment for Crohn's disease reveals that diet-based and anti-inflammatory therapies alter different components of the microbial community without ... read more

Scientists Uncover Four Different Types of Bowel Cancer

Oct. 12, 2015 — Bowel cancer can be divided up into four distinct diseases, each with its own set of biological characteristics, a major new study reports. The research could allow doctors to treat each type of ... read more

Researchers Gauge Heritability of Childhood-Onset Autoimmune Diseases

Oct. 9, 2015 — Scientists have calculated more precise measurements of heritability -- the influence of underlying genes -- in nine autoimmune diseases that begin in childhood. The research may strengthen ... read more

Gut Microorganisms Cause Gluten-Induced Pathology in Mouse Model of Celiac Disease

Oct. 8, 2015 — Investigators interested in celiac disease have wondered why only 2 to 5 percent of genetically susceptible individuals develop the disease. Attention has focused on whether environmental ... read more

Bowel Screening Kit With Extras Could Help Save More Lives

Oct. 6, 2015 — Thousands more people would take part in bowel cancer screening if the kit included extras, such as gloves and “poo catchers”, according to a UK ... read more

FMT Now Available in Capsule Form: Could This Be the End of Antibiotics in C. Difficile?

Oct. 6, 2015 — A new capsule form of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has raised hopes that this effective treatment for Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection and other bowel conditions might soon ... read more

Routine Use of Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer Still to Be Established

Oct. 6, 2015 — A comparison of the surgical removal of rectal tumors by a laparoscopically assisted procedure and open surgery reveals that the case for routine use of laparoscopic procedures has not yet been ... read more

Researcher Calls for Changes to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

Oct. 2, 2015 — Colorectal cancer will claim the lives of close to 50,000 Americans this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Screening is the most effective way to reduce the risk of dying from the ... read more

Research Shows a Cause of Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Type 1 Diabetes

Oct. 1, 2015 — A molecular basis has been found for why 80 percent of patients with longstanding Type 1 diabetes have chronic gastrointestinal symptoms including gastroparesis (delayed emptying of food), irritable ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Tissue-engineered colon derived from human cells is able to develop the many specialized nerves required for function, mimicking the neuronal population found in native colon. These specialized ... read more

Rescuing Intestinal Stem Cells from Attack in Type 1 Diabetes

Oct. 1, 2015 — The cause of diabetic enteropathy has been discovered by researchers, along with a possible prevention and treatment strategy. The study demonstrates how diabetes can destroy the stem cells that ... read more

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