Infections in the intestine may contribute to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by damaging the gut's nervous system. Researchers explore why neurons in the gut die as a result of infection and how the immune system normally protects them. The findings could provide new avenues of treatment for IBS.
Study reveals a link between obesity and chronic diarrhea, independent of lifestyle, diet, and other medical conditions. Those who are obese are 60% more likely to experience bouts of chronic diarrhea. A possible explanation could be the link between obesity and low-grade inflammation, which may trigger diarrhea more frequently.
Mice that experienced early life stress and later developed irritable bowel syndrome had significantly higher levels of intestinal stem cells and enterochromaffin (EC). Additionally, the mice expressed elevated secretion of serotonin as a result of the increased EC cell density.
A new study reports early life stress in pigs impacts their health, specifically their GI tract, later in life. The findings could have implications for developing new stress relieving therapies in humans.
Researchers take a deeper look at synesthesia, revealing the condition could be linked to some autoimmune diseases. The paper also reports synesthetes have better memory and are more creative than those without the disorder.
A study recently presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research suggests gastrointestinal problems commonly seen in children with ASD may be a result of stress, and not diet, as previously assumed.
According to researchers, probiotics can help relieve symptoms of depression, as well as be beneficial in helping to treat IBS.
A new study reports the effects of psychotherapy can persist for months after treatment has concluded for IBS sufferers.
Researchers are investigating whether behavioral self management of IBS can lead to fundamental changes in the gut microbiome.