Taking antibiotics triples the risk of childhood IBD, study warns

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CHICAGO — Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a very prevalent gastrointestinal condition that usually results in chronic abdominal pain or discomfort. For children, a new study reveals that they are more vulnerable to this condition if they take antibiotics or consume a typical Western diet starting at a young age. While wealth often equates to …

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State-of-the-art capsule gives scientists an inside look at the gut

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DAVIS, Calif. — Scientists understandably want to learn as much as possible about the gut, given how crucial the system is for human health. With that in mind, a new ingestible capsule is allowing scientists to gather data as it travels through the gut, collecting digestion and microorganism samples in healthy people. “The small intestine …

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Taking melatonin supplements for sleep may aggravate intestinal inflammation

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the human body in response to darkness that helps regulate our sleep-wake cycles. In other words, melatonin tips off our brains that it’s bedtime. Of course, sleep is often incredibly elusive, and many people boost their natural melatonin levels with over-the-counter supplements. However, new …

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Gut health breakthrough: Scientists move closer to creating antibiotics with fewer side-effects


COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Scientists may be on the verge of developing an antibiotic with fewer side-effects, such as nausea, indigestion, bloating, and diarrhea. Researchers have identified compounds that could potentially reduce these side-effects, paving the way for an antidote that preserves specific microbes without impeding the eradication of harmful bacteria by antibiotics. Antibiotics often eliminate …

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Does gut microbiota really influence health and life expectancy? Here’s why all the hype could be just that

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The intestinal microbiota is the set of bacteria and viruses that live inside your gut. Microbiota perform a variety of functions, including digesting food and protecting against specific pathogens. There are several things that can disrupt the gut microbiota, including diet, alcohol consumption, antibiotics and inflammatory bowel disease. These cause imbalances, known as “dysbiosis” which, in …

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Women literally have more guts than men, new anatomy study discovers

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RALEIGH, N.C. — When it comes to guts, it turns out women have men beat — literally by an entire foot! A new study reveals that women have longer small intestines than their male counterparts. Interestingly, researchers believe this could help women deal with stress better. Despite being, on average, five inches shorter, women have …

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