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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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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This popular food dye could be triggering IBD in children, scientists warn

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HAMILTON, Ontario — As if there isn’t enough reason to keep children away from junk food as much as possible, new research suggests some products could be linked to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Researchers at McMaster University in Canada warn that a popular food dye aimed at kids could trigger IBD. Increasingly common food dye Allura …

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Probiotic ‘backpacks’ could soon improve treatments for inflammatory bowel disease

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MADISON, Wis. — Probiotic “backpacks” could soon help improve the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Biomedical engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have created a protective casing for gut-friendly bacteria so it can survive contact with stomach acids and other microbes long enough to reproduce and improve gut health. Experiments show these backpacks are …

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Raw diet for young puppies may reduce IBD risk

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HELSINKI, Finland — When nature calls, dogs often leave an untidy mess for their owners to take care of. If you’re hoping to keep your pup’s business as healthy and easy to clean up as possible, a new study out of Finland may interest you. University of Helsinki researchers report feeding puppies a raw food …

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Newly discovered blueberry compound unlocks strong, natural treatment for IBD

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TOKYO — Nature does a pretty great job of providing us with everything we need to stay healthy and nutritiously satisfied. For example, plenty of fruits and plants contain “bioactive” ingredients that help our bodies ward off and fight various diseases. Most of these so-called phytocompounds contain either anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, or antioxidant properties. Now, researchers in Japan have …

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