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Weill Cornell Investigators Discover a New Pathway that Prevents Chronic Inflammation in the Gut

Investigators Show How Immune Cells are "Educated" Not to Attack Beneficial Bacteria ...

Cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012

A new study by UNC researchers has found dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure and recommends ...

Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut

Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body's serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin have been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. New research at Caltech, published in the April 9 issue of the journal Cell, shows that certain bacteria in the gut are important for the production of peripheral serotonin. ... Full story

Mouth, as well as gut, could hold key to liver disease flare-ups

In a recent study, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine researchers predicted which cirrhosis patients would suffer inflammations and require hospitalization by analyzing their saliva, revealing a new target for research into a disease that accounts for more than 30,000 deaths in the United States each year. ... Full story

To fight nasty digestive bugs, U-M scientists set out to build a better gut – using stem cells

New $6.4M federal grant support will fuel the development of “guts in a dish” to study interaction between cells & microbes in both health and disease ... Full story

New Research Sheds Light on How Popular Probiotic Benefits the Gut

Study Suggests the Bacteria May Work By Lending a Hand to Other Microbes ... Full story

World-leading study by Trust medics recommends new treatment for common digestive condition

Medics from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust have conducted research which could transform worldwide thinking about treatments and diagnosis for a common condition which affects thousands of patients. ... Full story

Heartburn or GERD? When in Doubt, Let the Doctor Decide

Madison, Wisconsin – You awoke early last Sunday with heartburn that you blamed on the black bean and spicy chicken burrito ordered the previous night at a Mexican restaurant whose Yelp reviews involved the word "sketchy" an alarming number of times. ... Full story

Healthy ME-3 bacteria will reach Estonians’ favourite dairy products also in the next decade

Researchers from the left Tiiu Kullisaar, Epp Songisepp, Marika Mikelsaar and Mihkel Zilmer. Heidi Annuk is missing the picture. ... Full story

Spotting a molecular warhead for disease in the human gut

By Jim Shelton - Yale scientists are using new chemical tools to identify and understand molecules in the human gut that alter DNA and regulate inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancers. ... Full story

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