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Could treating these immune cells cure IBD?

Could treating these immune cells cure IBD?

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have discovered that there is a distinct group of cells in the immune system that induces and perpetuates inflammation in the gut. IBD is long-term condition that can affect quality of life to a great degree, so finding a cure is vital. They believe that the cells, […]

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What to know about ischemic colitis

What to know about ischemic colitis

Ischemic colitis occurs when there is not enough blood flowing to the colon, also known as the large intestine. It is more likely to occur in people who are over 60, smoke cigarettes, or have diabetes. Ischemic colitis is the most common type of gut-based ischemia, accounting for 1 in every 2,000 hospital admissions. Symptoms […]

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What causes abdominal bloating?

What causes abdominal bloating?

There are many possible causes of abdominal bloating, including fluid retention, irritable bowel syndrome, and infection. However, for most people, the cause of bloating will be fairly harmless, and it can be treated at home. Abdominal bloating can be alarming, particularly when it is very painful. Some people notice that their belly looks swollen or […]

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E. coli toxin linked with inflammatory bowel disease

E. coli toxin linked with inflammatory bowel disease

New research suggests that a toxin produced by the bacteria E. coli may be what triggers inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease. The painful symptoms of IBD may be caused by a toxin produced by E. coli bacteria. The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes conditions characterized by chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, such as […]

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What to know about diverticulitis surgery

What to know about diverticulitis surgery

Diverticulitis causes pouches in the colon, also called the large intestine, to become inflamed and irritated. It can often be treated with changes in diet, medications, and rest. If these treatments fail, a doctor may recommend surgery. There are several types of surgery that can treat diverticulitis. A doctor will take a person’s health, risk […]

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What causes undigested food to appear in stool?

What causes undigested food to appear in stool?

Undigested food in a person’s stool is not usually a cause for concern. The body is not able to fully break down high-fiber foods, or foods with hard shells, such as sweetcorn. Consequently, these may pass through the digestive system unchanged. When undigested food in the stool is accompanied by another change in bowel habits, […]

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What to eat and avoid on a low-fiber diet

What to eat and avoid on a low-fiber diet

Fiber is a substance in plant-based foods that remains undigested as it passes through the small intestine. A low-fiber diet contains foods that are easily digested and absorbed. Following a low-fiber diet (also called a low residue diet) reduces the amount of undigested food moving through the small intestine, which reduces stool size and frequency. […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease may raise heart attack risk

Inflammatory bowel disease may raise heart attack risk

Inflammatory bowel disease raises the risk of heart attack. Also, the risk is independent of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol. The GI tract becomes inflamed in IBD. This was the conclusion of a study that explored the possible link between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and heart disease […]

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What are the causes of loose stools?

What are the causes of loose stools?

Loose stools are abnormally watery bowel movements that can have a range of different causes. They are very common and are not usually associated with any severe health risks. Loose stools often occur after eating, but can also happen at other points in the day. When loose stools occur consecutively on multiple occasions throughout a […]