Oncology & Cancer

Oct4 found to be a prognostic marker for digestive cancers

(HealthDay)—Octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct4) is a predictive marker for patients with digestive system cancers, according to a review and meta-analysis published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of Gastroenterology ...

Medical research

Food's transit time is a key factor in digestive health

The time it takes for ingested food to travel through the human gut – also called transit time – affects the amount of harmful degradation products produced along the way. This means that transit time is a key factor ...

Immunology

Worms and germs lead to better immune function

A growing body of evidence in the medical community holds that greater diversity of bacteria and even worms in the digestive tract offers protection against a variety of allergic and autoimmune problems.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Mental disorders and physical diseases co-occur in teenagers

Every third teenager has suffered from one mental disorder and one physical disease. These co-occurrences come in specific associations: More often than average, depression occurs together with diseases of the digestive system, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Proton pump inhibitors linked to disruption of gut microbiome

(HealthDay)—Proton pump inhibitors may disrupt the microbiome of the digestive system, leading to infections and other complications, according to a small new study published online Nov. 25 in Microbiome.

Medical research

The impact of bacteria in our guts

The word metabolism gets tossed around a lot, but it means much more than whether you can go back to the buffet for seconds without worrying about your waistline. In fact, metabolism is the set of biochemical processes by ...

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