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Health News - GastroIntestinal

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)

Previously unknown virus that lives in half the world's population could play a major role in obesity and diabetes
Odds are, there's a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. (Medical News Today)

Controlled parasite infections suggested as medical treatment for Crohn's disease
Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms and a protist called Blastocystis can be beneficial to human health, according to a new paper that argues we should rethink our views of organisms... (Medical News Today)

Barrett's esophagus less of a risk for those on statins
Statins, a class of drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol levels, significantly reduce a patient's risk of developing Barrett's esophagus, according to a new study in Gastroenterology1, the... (Medical News Today)

Stomach cancer has four subtypes, say scientists
A new classification of stomach cancer into four distinct molecular subtypes will change the way scientists view the disease, says a genome group. (Medical News Today)

Four biological subtypes of stomach cancer defined
In a massive effort to catalog the molecular causes of stomach cancer, scientists, including researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, have identified four subtypes of tumors based on shared... (Medical News Today)

Sucampo announces publication of NICE recommendationfor AMITIZA® (lubiprostone)
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company, has announced that the United Kingdom's National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published the technology... (Medical News Today)

Treating eosinophilic esophagitis with high-dose fluticasone
Results from a clinical trial show that high doses of the corticosteroid fluticasone propionate safely and effectively induce remission in many people with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic... (Medical News Today)

Future IBS treatments or prevention likely following research into the immune cell's role in intestinal movement
Learning the role of immune-system cells in healthy digestive tracts and how they interact with neighboring nerve cells may lead to new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). (Medical News Today)

Dietary elimination therapy benefits adults with eosinophilic esophagitis
Dietary elimination is a successful method of treatment for adults with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), according to a new study1 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical... (Medical News Today)

Cinnamon essential oil kills several strains of E. coli
Seeking ways to prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria, two Washington State University scientists have found promise in an ancient but common cooking... (Medical News Today)

Bowel cancer breakthrough may benefit thousands of patients
Researchers at Queen's University have made a significant breakthrough that may benefit patients with bowel cancer. (Medical News Today)

How H. pylori exploits sites of small injury in the stomach
Helicobacter pylori infection promotes stomach ulcers and cancer. How H. pylori initially interacts with and irritates gastric tissue is not well understood. (Medical News Today)

Surgeon explains who needs abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
Bulges in body's major blood vessel can cause potentially lethal ruptures, blood clotsAn abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition: If the body's major blood vessel... (Medical News Today)

Naloxegol being tested to counteract constipation caused by opioid painkillers
Opioids - strong morphine-based painkillers - are widely prescribed to patients experiencing chronic severe pain. (Medical News Today)

Exploiting gastric vulnerability: how Helicobacter pylori identifies and colonizes sites of small injury in the stomach
Helicobacter pylori infection promotes stomach ulcers and cancer. How H. pylori initially interacts with and irritates gastric tissue is not well understood. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria changes may predict infection and inflammation
Scientists have developed a computer-assisted model that shows how changes to global and local populations of gut bacteria may precede some types of infection and inflammation. (Medical News Today)

ESPGHAN statement provides guidance on 'essential' technique for children with feeding and nutrition problems
Placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube has become an "essential" technique for children and young people with a wide range of problems with feeding and nutrition, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Scientists decode genome of cancer-causing liver fluke
By decoding the Asian liver fluke Opisthorchis viverrini, scientists raise hope of fighting a parasite that infects millions with liver and gall bladder diseases including cancers. (Medical News Today)

Improved genetic understanding of eosinophilic esophagitis
Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified genetic markers associated with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), an inflammatory disease characterized by high levels of... (Medical News Today)

Obesity - surgery is not the only answer, say research scientists
Research scientists predict that gastric bypass surgery to treat obesity could be a thing of the past. (Medical News Today)

How gut microbiota respond to infection over time
Being sick due to an infection can make us feel lousy. But what must the ecosystem of bacteria, or microbiota, colonizing our guts be going through when hit with infection? (Medical News Today)

NIH launches Phase I clinical trial of novel drug to treat Clostridium difficile infection
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched an early-stage clinical trial of CRS3123, an investigational oral antibiotic... (Medical News Today)

Childhood stomach bug cases drop by 69% since vaccine introduction in the UK
The number of confirmed cases of rotavirus - a highly infectious and occasionally severe stomach bug that affects babies and young children1 - has dropped by 69% since a vaccine to protect against... (Medical News Today)

Immune-related disorders associated with bacteria dysbiosis in the gut
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that many diseases are triggered or maintained by changes in bacterial communities in the gut. (Medical News Today)

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