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Stomach pain, flatulence, bloating, discomfort. These are just some of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition affecting more than 10% of the population with highest impact in women. Treatment cannot cure the condition, only alleviate the symptoms. Its origin is unknown, although increasingly more researchers suspect that imbalances in the gut microbiota may play a major…

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Stomach pain, flatulence, bloating, discomfort. These are just some of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition affecting more than 10% of the population with highest impact in women. Treatment cannot cure the condition, only alleviate the symptoms. Its origin is unknown, although increasingly more researchers suspect that imbalances in the gut microbiota may play a major…

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Thirty-three percent of people have a gene that predisposes them to celiac disease (CD), while only two to five percent of the population will receive a diagnosis of the condition. Elena Verdú, Associate Professor and researcher at McMaster University in Canada, wants to know why the unlucky minority end up with the disease. "We know that genes are necessary, but…

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Thirty-three percent of people have a gene that predisposes them to celiac disease (CD), while only two to five percent of the population will receive a diagnosis of the condition. Elena Verdú, Associate Professor and researcher at McMaster University in Canada, wants to know why the unlucky minority end up with the disease. "We know that genes are necessary, but…

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In inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a set of conditions that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), parts of the digestive tract become chronically inflamed. 'Debilitating' doesn't begin to describe IBD at its most intense: during a disease flare, someone who normally leads a busy and active life may have to put everything on hold to stay at home, close…

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In inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a set of conditions that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), parts of the digestive tract become chronically inflamed. 'Debilitating' doesn't begin to describe IBD at its most intense: during a disease flare, someone who normally leads a busy and active life may have to put everything on hold to stay at home, close…

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Butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation is a familiar experience, but surprisingly, scientists don't yet know exactly how this happens. The gut-brain axis – the brain's influence on the gastrointestinal tract and the other way around – is now a subject of keen scientific interest. A recent review, published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, covered what we know…

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Butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation is a familiar experience, but surprisingly, scientists don't yet know exactly how this happens. The gut-brain axis – the brain's influence on the gastrointestinal tract and the other way around – is now a subject of keen scientific interest. A recent review, published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, covered what we know…

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Digestion is extraordinarily complex, and there is a long list of ways it can go wrong. From constipation to bloating, digestive disorders can cause significant distress for infants and children as they develop. Fortunately, with emerging research on the microbiota, doctors, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals have a growing list of science-based strategies to use in addressing these problems. Healthcare…

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Digestion is extraordinarily complex, and there is a long list of ways it can go wrong. From constipation to bloating, digestive disorders can cause significant distress for infants and children as they develop. Fortunately, with emerging research on the microbiota, doctors, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals have a growing list of science-based strategies to use in addressing these problems. Healthcare…

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Research & Practice

Previous research has shown antibiotics may increase the risk of immune-related diseases including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by disturbing the composition and functions of the gut microbiota. Although the use of antibiotics during the peripartum period (including both the preterm and post-natal periods) has been suggested as a risk factor for IBD development later in life, little is known about…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Previous research has shown antibiotics may increase the risk of immune-related diseases including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by disturbing the composition and functions of the gut microbiota. Although the use of antibiotics during the peripartum period (including both the preterm and post-natal periods) has been suggested as a risk factor for IBD development later in life, little is known about…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

A recent study led by Dr. Luis Fontana (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II and Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology “José Mataix”, University of Granada, Granada, Spain) has found that administration of Lactobacillus paracasei CNCM I-4034, Bifidobacterium breve CNCM I-4035 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CNCM I-4036 may downregulate gut inflammatory genes in obese rats. Rats were divided into various…

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A recent study led by Dr. Luis Fontana (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II and Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology “José Mataix”, University of Granada, Granada, Spain) has found that administration of Lactobacillus paracasei CNCM I-4034, Bifidobacterium breve CNCM I-4035 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CNCM I-4036 may downregulate gut inflammatory genes in obese rats. Rats were divided into various…

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Changes in the gut microbiota are involved in both homeostatic and inflammatory immune responses. T regulatory (Treg) immune cells tolerate diverse bacterial communities, whereas inflammatory conditions activate T effector (Teff) immune cells to react against the body’s own commensal microbiota. However, little is known regarding the role of commensal bacteria in inducing Teff cells during inflammation. A new study, led…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Changes in the gut microbiota are involved in both homeostatic and inflammatory immune responses. T regulatory (Treg) immune cells tolerate diverse bacterial communities, whereas inflammatory conditions activate T effector (Teff) immune cells to react against the body’s own commensal microbiota. However, little is known regarding the role of commensal bacteria in inducing Teff cells during inflammation. A new study, led…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Although probiotics have been reported to improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), data in humans regarding their effects on psychiatric comorbidities is scarce. A new study, led by Prof. Premysl Bercik from the Department of Medicine at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at the McMaster University in Hamilton (Canada), has found that the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Although probiotics have been reported to improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), data in humans regarding their effects on psychiatric comorbidities is scarce. A new study, led by Prof. Premysl Bercik from the Department of Medicine at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at the McMaster University in Hamilton (Canada), has found that the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Constipation is a common condition that may result from altered gastrointestinal motility. Several factors appear relevant to gut motility: the gut luminal environment (including the gastrointestinal microbiota and fermentation), as well as factors related to the immune system, the enteric nervous system, and the central nervous system. Previous research has found associations between colonic transit time and aspects of patients’…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Constipation is a common condition that may result from altered gastrointestinal motility. Several factors appear relevant to gut motility: the gut luminal environment (including the gastrointestinal microbiota and fermentation), as well as factors related to the immune system, the enteric nervous system, and the central nervous system. Previous research has found associations between colonic transit time and aspects of patients’…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados