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Health News - GastroIntestinal

In an ecosystem within us, microbes evolved to sway food choices
Do gut bacteria rule our minds?This image illustrates the relationship between gut bacteria and unhealthy eating. (Medical News Today)

HIV immune response influenced by gut flora
Normal microorganisms in the intestines appear to play a pivotal role in how the HIV virus foils a successful attack from the body's immune system, according to new research from Duke Medicine. (Medical News Today)

Emergency gallbladder surgery: do you need it, or can you afford to wait?
Gallstone pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit emergency rooms. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria of premature infants may depend more on gestational age than environment
Scientists believe babies are born with digestive systems containing few or no bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Mice protected from experimental colitis by improving lymphatic function
Chronic inflammatory bowel disease can be painful and debilitating. Both genetics and environment are thought to promote disease, but it is not fully understood how chronic IBD develops. (Medical News Today)

A wild sheep's tolerance of parasites has implications for humans
In the first evidence that natural selection favors an individual's infection tolerance, researchers from Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh have found that an animal's ability to... (Medical News Today)

Growing cell lines from individual patients may lead to personalized treatments
A method of growing human cells from tissue removed from a patient's gastrointestinal (GI) tract eventually may help scientists develop tailor-made therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and other... (Medical News Today)

Collaboration between the host and microbes of the gut is finely tuned
In the moist, dark microbial rainforest of the intestine, hundreds of species of microorganisms interact with each other and with the cells of the host animal to get the resources they need to... (Medical News Today)

In autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, the gut microbiome may be a potential cause and therapeutic target
Numerous risk factors are believed to contribute to the development of autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, and new research is focusing on the role that bacteria in the gastrointestinal... (Medical News Today)

Invention monitors an important new vital sign following surgery
A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may... (Medical News Today)

In pediatric patients, laparoscopic surgical removal of the gallbladder deemed safe
A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers recommends laparoscopic cholecystectomies (surgical removal of the gallbladder) for pediatric patients suffering from gallstones and other... (Medical News Today)

The typhoid fever pathogen uses a cloaking mechanism to evade neutrophil neutralization
Typhoid fever is caused by systemic (body-wide) infection with Salmonella enterica Typhi. (Medical News Today)

Task force recommends genetic testing of tumor for colorectal cancer patients
US Multi-Society Task Force releases consensus statement on genetic evaluation and management of lynch syndrome.Of the 143,000 patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually in the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Detecting infection in acute pancreatitis patients via PET/CT using FDG-labeled leucocytes
A new study diagnosing infection in patients with pancreatic fluid collections may swiftly and accurately rule out active infection in the body. (Medical News Today)

The health of the intestinal lining depends on 'normal' bacteria
Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that bacteria that aid in digestion help keep the intestinal lining intact. (Medical News Today)

In animal models C. difficile vaccine found to be safe and 100 percent effective
An experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of animal models against the highly infectious and virulent bacterium, Clostridium difficile, which causes an intestinal disease that kills approximately... (Medical News Today)

Use of CT scans for diagnosis of pediatric appendicitis reduced by algorithm
Implementation of an algorithm aimed to diagnose pediatric patients with suspected appendicitis reduces the utilization of computed tomography (CT) scans, without affecting diagnostic accuracy, Mayo... (Medical News Today)

Long after acute attacks, diverticulitis patients show psychological, physical symptoms
UCLA researchers interviewed people with diverticulitis and confirmed that many suffer psychological and physical symptoms long after their acute illness has passed. (Medical News Today)

Obesity during pregnancy modulates offspring microflora composition and gastrointestinal functions
Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior, finds... (Medical News Today)

Gender differences in how diet affects gut microbes
The microbes living in the guts of males and females react differently to diet, even when the diets are identical, according to a study by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and six... (Medical News Today)

Endoscopic resection not always best for localized, early-stage esophageal cancer
A new study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Northwestern Medicine® researchers, sheds new light on the risks associated with the growing popularity of endoscopic... (Medical News Today)

Bacteria in the gut used to fight obesity in mouse model
A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet... (Medical News Today)

Radiologists identify new signs of gastric lap band slippage
Researchers in Ohio and Rhode Island have identified two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands. (Medical News Today)

Improved picture of the gut provided by new imaging agent
A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. (Medical News Today)

Analyzing the composition of bacterial communities found in the body
Trillions of bacteria live in each person's digestive tract. Scientists believe that some of these bacteria help digest food and stave off harmful infections, but their role in human health is not... (Medical News Today)

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