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Gastroenterology
Discover all the latest developments and discoveries about various digestive disorders and diseases including those associated with the liver, pancreas and bile ducts etc.
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Source: Case Western Reserve University   Apr 04, 2019
Probiotics typically aim to rebalance bacteria populations in the gut, but new research suggests they may also help break apart stubborn biofilms. Biofilms are living microbial communities—they provide a haven for microbes and are often resistant to antibiotics. A new study describes a specific probiotic mix that could help patients with gastrointestinal diseases avoid harmful biofilms that ...
Source: Brigham and Women's Hospital  Apr 02, 2019
Food allergies, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diarrhea and other gastrointestinal diseases have something in common: all have been linked to epithelial barrier loss. The gut epithelial barrier—that critical lining of cells in the gut that must allow nutrients into the body while keeping food-borne microbes out—can be compromised during intestinal inflammation and ca...
Source: Mayo Clinic  Mar 23, 2019
Drug therapy may effectively treat a potentially life-threatening condition associated with cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers.  While therapies have been available to treat some forms of liver disease, including hepatitis C and autoimmune hepatitis, options have been more limited for treating portal hypertension, a conditio...
Source: University of Southern California  Mar 06, 2019
USC researchers provided evidence that a low-calorie "fasting-mimicking" diet has the potential to reduce inflammation and repair the gut. Published in a recent  edition of Cell Reports, the study reports on the health benefits of periodic cycles of the diet for people with inflammation and indicated that the diet reversed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patholo...
Source: St Thomas' Biomedical Research Centre  Feb 17, 2019
A new technique using patients' own modified cells to treat Crohn's disease has been proven to be effective in experiments using human cells, with a clinical trial of the treatment expected to start in the next six months. Researchers at the NIHR Guy's and St Thomas' Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) developed the technique by studying white blood cells taken from patients who ha...