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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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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Common weed killer may trigger inflammatory bowel disease, study warns

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BOSTON — Exposure to a common weed killer may trigger inflammatory bowel disease, a new study says. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital say the discovery could revolutionize the treatment of other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes. The research team identified environmental factors that promote gastrointestinal inflammation using state-of-the-art technology. …

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Adding more fiber to diet could be damaging for IBD patients, scientists warn

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EDMONTON, Alberta — You may have heard it countless times — eat more fiber, it’s good for you! Surprising new findings, however, suggest fiber can spell trouble for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. Scientists from the University of Alberta report certain types of dietary fiber cause an inflammatory response in some IBD patients, worsening existing …

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