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Health News - GastroIntestinal

FDA approves Movantik for opioid-induced constipation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Movantik (naloxegol), an oral treatment for opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic non-cancer pain. (Medical News Today)

Impact on gut microbiota of a fermented milk product containing probiotics revealed by new technology
Scientists from INRA and Danone Nutricia Research have shown the effect of a fermented milk product containing probiotics on the gut microbiota, using a novel high resolution bioinformatics tool. (Medical News Today)

How well the flu vaccine works affected by gut microbes
Annual flu epidemics cause millions of cases of severe illness and up to half a million deaths every year around the world, despite widespread vaccination programs. (Medical News Today)

Relationship between the diversity of gut bacteria and future risk of developing breast cancer
Postmenopausal women with diverse gut bacteria exhibit a more favorable ratio of estrogen metabolites, which is associated with reduced risk for breast cancer, compared to women with less microbial... (Medical News Today)

Preterm infants at reduced risk of necrotizing enterocolitis when fed breast milk
Premature infants are at increased risk for a potentially lethal gastrointestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. (Medical News Today)

Bariatric surgical center accreditation linked to improved rates of patient survival and fewer postoperative complications
Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical centers were accredited, had fewer postoperative complications and were 2. (Medical News Today)

Inflammation and changes in the barrier function of the intestines found in multiple sclerosis
Researchers at Lund University have published new research findings on the role of the intestinal barrier in the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS). (Medical News Today)

Leaky gut - a source of non-AIDS complications in HIV-positive patients
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is no longer a fatal condition, thanks to newer medications inhibiting the retrovirus, but a puzzling phenomenon has surfaced among these patients ... (Medical News Today)

Autism medications' effectiveness may be reduced by poor stomach absorption of drugs
Recent research has revealed that many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms and that such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications. (Medical News Today)

Is a gluten-free diet enough to control the complications of celiac disease?
A lifelong gluten-free diet (GFD) is the conventional approach to managing celiac disease, a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the small intestine that can result in malnutrition. (Medical News Today)

Keeping the gut barrier intact - The thin line between cell survival and cell death
Researchers at VIB and Ghent University have unraveled the crucial role of a protein (RIPK1) in keeping the gut epithelium intact. (Medical News Today)

New gene therapy approach for toxin exposures effective with botulism
The current method to treat acute toxin poisoning is to inject antibodies, commonly produced in animals, to neutralize the toxin. (Medical News Today)

Inflammatory response in early HIV breaks down intestinal lining, but help may come from friendly bacteria
Researchers at UC Davis have made some surprising discoveries about the body's initial responses to HIV infection. (Medical News Today)

How high-fat diets promote intestinal cancer
High-fat diets may promote the growth of tumours in the intestine by causing changes to the microbial community in the gut, demonstrates a mouse study in Nature this week. (Medical News Today)

Long-term colorectal-cancer mortality after adenoma removal lower than previously thought
Patients with intestinal polyps have a lower risk of dying from cancer than previously thought, according to Norwegian researchers. The Norwegian study is the world's largest of its kind. (Medical News Today)

Newly discovered gene changes in Crohn's disease can be detected in blood samples
Genetic changes that occur in patients with the bowel condition Crohn's disease could hold clues to fighting the illness. (Medical News Today)

Bundled approach to reduce surgical site infections in colorectal surgery
A multidisciplinary program (called a "bundle") that spanned the phases of perioperative care helped reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal surgery (CRS) at an... (Medical News Today)

A form of acupuncture may help relieve chronic constipation
Nearly 1 in 6 adults worldwide may suffer from chronic constipation and, over time, the disorder can cause serious complications. (Medical News Today)

Probiotic therapies likely following identification of gut bacteria that protect against food allergies
The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. (Medical News Today)

How cellular guardians of the intestine develop
Even the most careful chosen meal can contain surprises. To defend against infectious microbes, viruses or other potential hazards that find their way to the intestines, a dedicated contingent of... (Medical News Today)

Using heart-lung support machine for donations after circulatory death boosted pool of available organs by 20 percent
Using heart-lung support technology, the University of Michigan's Transplant Center was able to increase the number of kidneys, livers and pancreases available for transplant by about 20 percent. (Medical News Today)

Insulin offers new hope for the treatment of acute pancreatitis
Scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered that insulin can protect the cells of the pancreas from acute pancreatitis - a disease for which there is currently no treatment. (Medical News Today)

Indication of considerable added benefit for ruxolitinib in myelofibrosis
Advantages in symptoms and survival time in comparison with "best supportive care"Ruxolitinib (trade name: Jakavi) has been approved since August 2012 for the treatment of adults with... (Medical News Today)

IBS - why pain relief drugs don't work
New research from the University of Adelaide is the first in the world to explain why people with irritable bowel syndrome - also known as IBS - may not get relief from pain medications. (Medical News Today)

Research offers insights into Clostridium difficile
The bacterium Clostridium difficile causes antibiotic-related diarrhoea and is a growing problem in the hospital environment and elsewhere in the community. (Medical News Today)

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