Immunology

Scientists reveal mechanism that causes irritable bowel syndrome

KU Leuven researchers have identified the biological mechanism that explains why some people experience abdominal pain when they eat certain foods. The finding paves the way for more efficient treatment of irritable bowel ...

Neuroscience

Happiness might protect you from gastrointestinal distress

Serotonin, a chemical known for its role in producing feelings of well-being and happiness in the brain, can reduce the ability of some intestinal pathogens to cause deadly infections, new research by UT Southwestern scientists ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Fecal transplants beat C. diff superbug 90% of the time

First reported in ancient China, human fecal transplants have made a comeback in modern medicine. Evidence shows this treatment can be effective in treating C. difficile—a gastrointestinal infection that can cause symptoms ...

Medications

Treating C. difficile infections: New purpose for an old drug?

Common in hospitals and nursing homes, Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) is a major health threat, particularly for older patients. According to a 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the ...

Oncology & Cancer

Pathogens find safe harbor deep in the gastric glands

Scientists have long tried to understand how pathogenic bacteria like Helicobacter pylori, a risk factor for stomach ulcers and cancer, survive in the harsh environment of the stomach. In a new study publishing May 2 in the ...

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