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Health News - GastroIntestinal

Antibiotics could be alternative to surgery as treatment for appendicitis
A study by researchers at the University of Southampton shows that antibiotics may be an effective treatment for acute non-complicated appendicitis in children, instead of surgery. (Medical News Today)

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
The ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens is "significantly decreased" after chronic exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, a common food... (Medical News Today)

Acid reflux and coughing: What's the connection?
How might acid reflux lead to coughing and how is this diagnosed? Learn about treatments, prevention methods, and other causes of chronic coughing. (Medical News Today)

Babies with gut yeast may be at risk of asthma
A new study suggests a fungus known as Pichia - found in babies' guts - may increase the risk of developing childhood asthma, if acquired in early life. (Medical News Today)

Weight gain throughout life may raise risk of esophageal, stomach cancers
New research finds that gaining weight from the age of 20 may increase the risk of developing esophageal and stomach cancers later in life. (Medical News Today)

Oesophageal cancer: Loss of muscle mass represents a significant risk to survival
Oesophageal cancer patients who suffer loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) during neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy prior to surgery) survive, on average, 32 months less than patients with no... (Medical News Today)

Microbiomes more in flux in patients with inflammatory bowel disease
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to see dramatic shifts in the make-up of the community of microbes in their gut than healthy people, according to the results of a study... (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria may play a role in Alzheimer's disease
New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify protein essential for healthy gut cell development
Scientists have uncovered key processes in the healthy development of cells which line the human gut, furthering their understanding about the development of cancer. (Medical News Today)

Whole grains may lead to a healthier gut, better immune responses
Researchers have found that a diet rich in whole grains may raise levels of healthy gut bacteria and boost immune responses, compared with refined grains. (Medical News Today)

Whole grains increase metabolism, may help promote weight loss
Diets that contain whole grains speed up metabolism and increase calorie loss by reducing calories retained during digestion, finds new research. (Medical News Today)

Study: Analyzing gut microbes and their byproducts essential to understanding human health
To best understand the potential of microbes in the gut to affect human health, clinicians need to look not just at the bacteria present in fecal samples but also at metabolites like amino acids... (Medical News Today)

Researchers find child appendicitis surgery 'not needed' in 75% of cases
Researchers at Southampton's university hospitals have found surgery to treat a type of acute appendicitis in children could be unnecessary in more than three-quarters of cases. (Medical News Today)

Stomach acid provides long-term power for ingestible devices
A research team led by scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a set of ingestible devices that draw energy from fluids in the... (Medical News Today)

What Does a Coffee Enema Do?
In this article, learn what a coffee enema is and what evidence is available for and against its use. What are the steps involved? (Medical News Today)

Acid Reflux in Infants: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
How is acid reflux in infants diagnosed and what are the possible risk factors to be aware of? Can any lifestyle changes help? Do babies outgrow reflux? (Medical News Today)

Cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses prevents cholera infection in animal models
Oral administration of a cocktail of three viruses, all of which specifically kill cholera bacteria, prevents infection and cholera-like symptoms in animal model experiments, report scientists from... (Medical News Today)

Large studies identify new risk genes for ulcerative colitis and IBD
A large study of thousands of genomes finds 25 new genes linked to higher risk of IBD and another finds a gene that doubles the risk of ulcerative colitis. (Medical News Today)

Low thyroid hormone before birth alters growth and development of fetal pancreas
Levels of thyroid hormone in babies influence insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas, according to a new study published in The Journal of Physiology. (Medical News Today)

Antibiotics can boost bacterial reproduction
The growth of bacteria can be stimulated by antibiotics, scientists at the University of Exeter have discovered.The EPSRC-funded researchers exposed E. (Medical News Today)

Patient study suggests broader genetic testing for colorectal cancer risk
A new study among more than 1000 colorectal cancer patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has revealed that a surprising number of patients, about 10% in total, show mutations in genes thought to... (Medical News Today)

Scientists find brain hormone that triggers fat burning
Biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a brain hormone that appears to trigger fat burning in the gut. (Medical News Today)

Rebalancing gut microbiome lengthens survival in mouse model of ALS
A bacterial by-product known to be important in maintaining gut health may slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS - a progressive, neurodegenerative disease. (Medical News Today)

Breath test could help detect stomach and oesophageal cancers
A test that measures the levels of five chemicals in the breath has shown promising results for the detection of cancers of the oesophagus and stomach in a large patient trial presented at the... (Medical News Today)

Laparoscopic anti-reflux operation for GERD linked to fewer postoperative complications
Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD, who undergo laparoscopic anti-reflux operations compared with traditional "open" operations suffer fewer postoperative complications... (Medical News Today)

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