Medical research

Scientists identify hormone that might help treat malabsorption

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's used human intestinal organoids grown from stem cells to discover how our bodies control the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat. They further found that one hormone might be able ...

Health

Could you be short on vitamin B12?

(HealthDay)—In the ABCs of vitamins, B12 is often overlooked. But it's essential for the making of nerve and red blood cells, as well as DNA along with many other body processes. Adults and teens need just 2.4 micrograms ...

Medical research

Team creates functional, stem-cell-derived small bowel segments

Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), a Massachusetts General Hospital research team has bioengineered functional small intestine segments that, when implanted into rats, were capable of deliver nutrients into ...

Surgery

Could drugs replace gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most successful treatments for obesity and related disorders; however, some patients may not want to undergo surgery.

Medical research

Intestinal microbes may speed progression from HIV to AIDS

The advent of antiretroviral therapy—a combination of medications used to slow the progression of HIV—has allowed many people infected with the virus to live long, productive lives. But the therapy doesn't cure them, ...

Medical research

Researchers discover secret of bowel movement

High performance athletes like Olympians can push their bodies to optimal potential, but some of the ways the human body actually works is still a mystery. Now McMaster University researchers have cleared up one aspect of ...

Medical research

How the gut gets its villi

Villi are small epithelial protrusions that serve to increase the surface area of the gut for efficient nutrient absorption. The mechanism of their formation during development was recently revealed by a study published in ...

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