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New Crohn’s patients show imbalance in gut microbes

Microbiome analysis reveals increase in pathogenic bacteria, drop in beneficial microbes A multi-institutional study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Broad...

The importance of microbial diversity in gut health and disease

The gut microbiota contains a vast number of microorganisms from all three domains of life, including bacteria, archaea and fungi, as well as viruses....

Stem cells converted to living intestinal patches

More than 20,000 Danes suffer from chronic inflammatory bowel disease. They are treated with expensive medication that only dampens their symptoms, or have the affected...

Study: Probiotics do not prevent relapse in Crohn’s disease patients

Despite previous data showing beneficial effects, the probiotic Saccharomuces boulardii (S. boulardii) does not prevent clinical relapse in patients with Crohn's disease, according to...

Inflammatory cues modulate goblet cell products important for intestinal barrier...

In a paper published in the December 2011 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, a team of scientists at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign led by Rex Gaskins, PhD have demonstrated that both microbial and host inflammatory factors modul...

Probiotic identified to treat ulcers

Researchers from Spain have identified a strain of probiotic bacteria that may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. They report their findings in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. ...

Asthma tied to bacterial communities in the airway

Asthma may have a surprising relationship with the composition of the species of bacteria that inhabit bronchial airways, a finding that could suggest new treatment or even potential cures for the common inflammatory disease, according to a new UCSF...

Research links 29 genome regions with common form of inflammatory bowel...

An international team of researchers has made new links between 29 regions of the genome and ulcerative colitis -- a common form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The new findings increase the total number of genome regions known to be associate...

Researchers find vitamin D absorption is diminished in patients with Crohn’s...

(Boston) -- Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have for the first time shown that reduced vitamin D absorption in patients with quiescent Crohn's disease (CD) may be the cause for their increased risk for vitamin D defi...

Scientists find the ‘master switch’ for key immune cells in inflammatory...

Scientists have identified a protein that acts as a "master switch" in certain white blood cells, determining whether they promote or inhibit inflammation. The study, published in the journal Nature Immunology, could help researchers look for new tr...

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