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Health News - GastroIntestinal

Ulcerative colitis may be treatable with vinegar
Giving mice with ulcerative colitis small amounts of vinegar - or its main ingredient acetic acid - significantly reduces symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease, study shows. (Medical News Today)

Solid foods take over shaping of gut microbiota by 9 months
Most infants have started to transition to solid foods by the age of 9 months; from this point, the complementary food has the greatest impact on the lifelong gut microbiota. (Medical News Today)

Inhibiting age-related inflammation maintains healthy gut microbiota and extends lifespan
Aging is associated with a wide range of tissue dysfunctions. Among these are metaplasias - conditions in which one kind of tissue is replaced by another type, causing misregulation of regional... (Medical News Today)

Barley 'reduces appetite and improves metabolism'
Study participants who ate barley kernel bread for 3 days had improved metabolisms for up to 14 hours and decreased blood sugar and insulin levels, researchers say. (Medical News Today)

Study finds high rate of elective surgery for uncomplicated diverticulitis after few episodes
Vlad V. Simianu, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues examined patterns of episodes of diverticulitis before surgery and factors associated with earlier... (Medical News Today)

Wound-healing intestinal bacteria: Like shrubs after a forest fire
In injured mouse intestines, specific types of bacteria step forward to promote healing, scientists have found. (Medical News Today)

Oral capsule with bacterial spores may be effective treatment for recurrent C. difficile
Microbiome drug containing spores from beneficial species appears to prevent recurrent infection, restore normal bacterial population. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify most dangerous strains of often-deadly bacteria
A multi-disciplinary group of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) have for the first time determined the genetic makeup of various strains of E. (Medical News Today)

Chronic liver damage worsened by alcohol-fueled gut bacteria
The fact that alcohol causes damage to the liver is not breaking news; however, the role of gut bacteria in this destruction is a fascinating addition to our understanding. (Medical News Today)

How gut inflammation sparks colon cancer
Chronic inflammation in the gut increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 500 percent, and now Duke University researchers think they know why. (Medical News Today)

Fecal analyses may lead to noninvasive diagnostics for inflammatory bowel disease
New research indicates that analyses of vapors from fecal samples can identify volatile metabolites indicative of different types of inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and... (Medical News Today)

Bears' seasonal hibernation linked to changes in gut microbes
Each year, as bears prepare to hibernate, they gorge themselves on food to pack on fat. (Medical News Today)

Study shows maternal diet alters the breast milk microbiome and microbial gene content
In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. EST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in Atlanta, researchers will present findings from... (Medical News Today)

Listeria: Hypervirulent strains with cerebral and placental tropism
Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm, CNRS and Paris Descartes - Sorbonne Paris Cité University recently published a large-scale study in Nature Genetics based on almost 7,000 strains of... (Medical News Today)

Backing from their GP could lead thousands more to take bowel cancer test
Almost 40,000 more people might take a bowel cancer test in England each year if the letter inviting them to do so was endorsed by their GP, according to research funded by the National Institute... (Medical News Today)

High rate of office visits and cumulative costs prior to colonoscopies for colon cancer screening
Kevin R. Riggs, M.D., M.P.H., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and colleagues analyzed billing data to determine the proportion of colonoscopies for colon cancer... (Medical News Today)

10-fold difference worldwide in new cases of, and deaths from, bowel cancer
Rising rates linked to economic development; adoption of Western lifestyle may be to blameThere's a 10-fold difference worldwide in the numbers of new cases of bowel cancer and deaths from the... (Medical News Today)

Virtual reality makes its best users the most queasy
In a twist of virtual fate, people with the best 3-D vision are also the people most likely to suffer from motion sickness while using virtual reality displays. (Medical News Today)

Sodium phosphate enemas increases risk of long-term kidney injury
The use of sodium phosphate enemas increases the risk of long-term kidney injury, according to a new study published in the National Kidney Foundation's American Journal of Kidney Diseases. (Medical News Today)

Children's food allergies related to immunosuppression
An immune response in the intestines appears to lead to childhood allergies and also explains why children often grow out of allergies as they become adults. (Medical News Today)

Keeping immune cells quiet on a diet?
A population of suppressive T cells in the small intestines of mice prevents immune responses to solid foods, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Evidence lacking to support use of more expensive biological mesh materials for abdominal hernia repair
An examination of the published evidence on the use of biological mesh materials for the repair of abdominal wall hernia failed to find evidence supporting the use of these more expensive materials... (Medical News Today)

Antibiotic use in early life disrupt normal gut microbiota development
The use of antibiotics in early childhood interferes with normal development of the intestinal microbiota, shows research conducted at the University of Helsinki. (Medical News Today)

Race, lower socioeconomic status linked with worse survival following esophageal cancer surgery
Researchers call for changes to reduce health care disparities.Poor black patients undergoing surgery for esophageal cancer are at higher risk for death than white patients and patients with... (Medical News Today)

Did ear sensory cell stereocilia evolve from gut microvilli?
Evolution likes to borrow. It can take an already-successful biological structure and alter it until it serves a new function. (Medical News Today)

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