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December 2, 2015

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December 2, 2015

Nov. 11, 2015 — Scientists have found that strength in numbers doesn't hold true for microbes in the intestines. Instead, a minority population of the right type might hold the key to regulating good ... read more

First, Do No Harm: Hospital Patients Given Anti-Heartburn Drugs Have Higher Risk of Dying, Study Finds

Nov. 10, 2015 — Right now, in any US hospital, about half of the patients have a prescription for an acid-reducing drug to reduce heartburn or prevent bleeding in their stomach and gut. But that well-intentioned ... 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

Nov. 6, 2015 — Gut microbiota regulates the glutathione and amino acid metabolism of the host, a recently published study shows. Glutathione is a key antioxidant, found in every cell in our body. Deficiency of ... read more

Gastric Balloon in a Pill Helps Patients Lose Weight Without Surgery or Endoscopy

Nov. 5, 2015 — A new gastric balloon that can be swallowed like a pill and then filled while in the stomach, helped patients lose more than 37 percent of their excess weight over four months, according to new ... read more

Mindfulness Training Helps Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Nov. 5, 2015 — Training in meditation and other mindfulness-based techniques brings lasting improvements in mental health and quality of life for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), according to a ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — Usually the microbe S. islandicus is found in hot and acidic volcanic springs, but now the microbe has also found its way to science labs. Here researchers have for the first time showed that the ... read more

Crocetinic Acid in Saffron May Inhibit the Pancreatic Cancer Cell Growth

Nov. 2, 2015 — Crocetinic acid, a purified compound from crocetin, showed the inhibition of growth in human pancreatic cancer cells grown either in a dish or as tumors under the skin of mice, scientists ... read more

Diet Lacking Soluble Fiber Promotes Weight Gain, Mouse Study Suggests

Oct. 30, 2015 — A new study highlights the importance of the gut microbiome in maintaining intestinal and metabolic health and suggests that eating more foods high in soluble fiber may help prevent metabolic disease ... read more

Gut Bacteria Could Be Blamed for Obesity, Diabetes

Oct. 29, 2015 — An excess of bacteria in the gut can change the way the liver processes fat and could lead to the development of metabolic syndrome, according to health researchers. Metabolic syndrome is a group of ... read more

Study Showcases Potential New Oral Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Oct. 29, 2015 — For patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the possibility of taking one pill to bring long-lasting relief might seem too good to be true. Scientists are on the brink of making that happen, ... read more

Targeted Therapy for Gastric Cancer Possible

Oct. 29, 2015 — Gastric cancer, otherwise known as stomach cancer, does not respond well to existing treatments and it is currently the third leading cause of cancer death in the world (after lung and liver cancer). ... read more

Acid Reflux Medications May Increase Kidney Disease Risk

Oct. 27, 2015 — Certain medications commonly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux may have damaging effects on the kidneys, according to two new studies. The drugs, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), are among the ... read more

Intestine-Specific Delivery of Insulin Demonstrates Promise With New Oral Formulation

Oct. 27, 2015 — An intestinal patch device containing insulin that can be swallowed in the form of a capsule has demonstrated efficacy of blood glucose management in diabetic ... read more

Oct. 27, 2015 — New research shows an increased risk of large bowel cancer for each 1 cm rise in waist circumference. In addition, in men, there is now evidence that increasing waist circumference in middle age is ... read more

Cellular Stress Management in People and Plants

Oct. 26, 2015 — Bioscientists have discovered the function of a fundamental biological mechanism. Their findings are significant for the stress biology of human cells as well as the development of agricultural crops ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — Researchers have found a way to enable ultra-rapid delivery of drugs to the gastrointestinal tract. Using ultrasound waves, they can enable ultra-rapid delivery of drugs to the gastrointestinal (GI) ... read more

How Diet May Affect the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

Oct. 21, 2015 — Dietary fatty acids affect the development and progression of autoimmune chronic-inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In a collaborative study, researchers now found that long-chain ... 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

Dietary Fat Impacts Autoimmune Flare-Ups in Mice

Oct. 20, 2015 — Dietary fat may impact the severity and duration of autoimmune flare-ups, suggests a new study. Adjusting the length of fatty acids consumed by mice altered the function of T helper cells in the gut ... read more

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