Diagnosing IBD: Noninvasive method trialed in mice

New research in mice shows that immuno-positron emission tomography can accurately detect inflammatory bowel disease in a murine model and that the imaging technique can reveal specific details regarding mediators of inflammation. In the future, doctors may use PET scanning technology to detect IBD. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic condition that affected approximately […]

Study ties unhealthy gums to liver cancer risk

A large study of people living in the United Kingdom found that those who reported having poor oral health, such as sore or bleeding gums or loose teeth, had a 75% higher risk of developing liver cancer.Maintaining good oral hygiene may have implications for the health of our liver, new research suggests. Previous studies have […]

Gut bacteria can alter how well a medication works

Recent research has revealed that gut microbes can alter how a medication works in our bodies, sometimes with undesirable — or even toxic — results.Our gut bacteria can influence the effectiveness of the drugs we take. A healthy human gut microbiome is made up of over 1,000 species of bacteria that work to help break […]

Could certain gut bacteria protect against food allergy?

New research reinforces the idea that the absence of certain bacteria in the gut can cause food allergy, a condition that affects millions of people. The study also suggests that replenishing key gut bacteria could offer a way to treat food allergy.New research suggests that food allergies, such as an allergy to peanuts, may be […]

Scientists track Parkinson’s journey from gut to brain in mice

The theory that Parkinson’s disease can start in the gut has gained further support in a recent study in mice. Scientists prompted toxic protein to form in the gut and tracked each step of its journey to the brain via the vagus nerve.A new mouse model offers precious insights into how Parkinson’s affects the brain. […]

Could a plant based diet be the answer to Crohn’s disease?

A new case study of a man with Crohn’s disease details how his symptoms disappeared after he stopped eating animal based and highly processed foods. He switched to a diet comprising only plant foods after a year of standard treatment that did not resolve the condition.Can a diet rich in fruits and vegetables cure Crohn’s […]

Bowel cancer: 3-drug combo may offer alternative to chemo

Chemotherapy treatment for people who have advanced bowel cancer and a particular genetic mutation is commonly ineffective. A combination of three different drugs could be the key to improved treatment. New research reveals the power of triple therapy when it comes to tackling aggressive bowel cancer. The outlook for people with standard bowel cancer — […]