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Nanoparticles in food can alter the behavior of gut bacteria

Nanoparticles in food can alter the behavior of gut bacteria

New research on nanoparticles in food has yielded fresh insights about their impact on gut bacteria. Nanoparticles may influence gut bacteria (which are shown here under the electron microscope). Researchers from the University Medical Center of Mainz in Germany and colleagues from other centers in Germany, Austria, and the United States have discovered that the […]

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Stool transplants from ‘super donors’ could be a cure-all

Stool transplants from ‘super donors’ could be a cure-all

New research suggests that stools from so-called “super donors” have such rich microbial diversity that using them for fecal transplants could cure conditions ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Scientists have found that stool samples from ‘super donors’ hold the potential for curing a wide range of conditions. Recently, a growing […]

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Immune system vs. gut bacteria: How vitamin A ‘keeps the peace’

Immune system vs. gut bacteria: How vitamin A ‘keeps the peace’

New findings about the role of vitamin A in mediating the relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system may prove “critical” for devising new therapies for autoimmune conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory diseases that affect the intestine. Carrots, butter, and cheese are some of the richest sources of vitamin […]

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Intestinal worms in humans and their symptoms

Intestinal worms in humans and their symptoms

Intestinal worms, or parasitic worms, are simple organisms that feed off the human body. Many people recognize the more common varieties, such as tapeworms and hookworms, but may be less aware of the others. Intestinal worms can cause many symptoms in the body, some of which are similar to the symptoms of other gut disorders. […]

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What is herpes esophagitis?

What is herpes esophagitis?

Esophagitis is inflammation and irritation of the esophagus. The cause of esophagitis is usually acid reflux, but, rarely, it can also result from a herpes infection. The esophagus, or food pipe, is the tube that begins at the back of the throat and is part of the digestive system. It carries food and liquids from […]

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Natural colon cleanses: Everything you need to know

Natural colon cleanses: Everything you need to know

A colon cleanse is a popular alternative remedy that some people claim removes waste and toxins from the colon. However, there is little scientific evidence to support the use of colon cleansing routines, except for those that doctors prescribe. Most of what researchers know about safe colon cleansing comes from studies that aim to find […]

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What can cause a change in bowel habits?

What can cause a change in bowel habits?

Bowel habits vary from person to person. Sudden changes are often harmless, but they can indicate an underlying health condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease. For some people, one bowel movement per day is normal. For others, having several bowel movements a day or one every 2 days is normal. There […]

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Differences between lactose intolerance and Crohn’s disease

Differences between lactose intolerance and Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease and lactose intolerance can both cause similar digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. However, the causes and treatment of these two conditions are very different. In this article, we look at Crohn’s disease and lactose intolerance in more detail and compare their causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment. Lactose intolerance […]

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How do you use a suppository?

How do you use a suppository?

A suppository is a medication that is inserted into the rectum, vagina, or urethra to be broken down and absorbed by the body. Suppository uses include asthma, allergies, and pain. Suppositories are typically safe and effective. Learn more about how suppositories work, and follow a guide on how to use them, here.

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What does it mean when your poop is stringy?

What does it mean when your poop is stringy?

Stringy poop is when stool appears thin or narrow, often resembling strips of ribbon. Doctors may link it to temporary, nonserious causes, such as poor diet, or it could be a sign of an underlying condition or disease. While it is natural for stool to vary in appearance and consistency, poop that frequently appears stringy […]