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Irritable bowel syndrome result of low level inflammation of gut wall


Human gut wall under a microscopeEvidence of a physical cause for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have long eluded medical science but now a team of researchers has identified signs of low level inflammation of the gut wall in sufferers.

The previous lack of any signs of physical disease has resulted in the medical profession being skeptical of the existence of IBS and patients have often found doctors to be dismissive of their symptoms, adding to their suffering. This new study is likely to go a long way to change all this while also pointing the way for future research and treatment.

The research was carried out by biologists, led by Professor Michael Schemann, at Germany's Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM). Schemann and his team in TUM's Department for Human Biology discovered low-level inflammation, referred to as "micro-inflammation", in the mucosa of the gut in IBS patients. The micro-inflammation is thought to result in sensitization of the nervous system in the gut (the enteric nervous system) which leads to the symptoms experienced by sufferers.

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Jarrow Formulas to launch Ideal Bowel Support supplement containing Lactobacillus plantarum 299v


Jarrow Ideal Bowel SupportNutritional supplement manufacturer Jarrow Formulas®, Inc, has announced the introduction of a new product to be known as Ideal Bowel Support 299v based on the well studied probiotic bacterial strain Lactobacillus plantarum 299v.

The product is aimed at alleviating common bowel symptoms including constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, and abdominal cramps particularly when these symptoms are chronic as in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is the most frequently diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder in developed countries with roughly 5% of the population affected.

Jarrow Formulas®, Inc based in Los Angeles, CA, will be unveiling Ideal Bowel Support 299v® at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West trade show to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, March 12-14, 2010.

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Functional relaxation effective treatment for IBS according to study


Woman with IBSGerman scientists have demonstrated that a complementary therapy combining psychology and the teaching of relaxation techniques can substantially reduce symptoms in those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) when combined with regular treatment.

The results come from a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the therapy comparing it to 'enhanced medical care' (EMC) which consisted of regular treatments IBS patients receive plus two counselling sessions. RCTs are considered the most reliable type of study in medical science.

Functional relaxation (FR) is a therapy originally conceived by Marianne Fuchs decades ago and can be described as a form of psychotherapy focused on the body that involves teaching the patient relaxation techniques aimed at maintaining the balance of the nervous system. By achieving this it is presumed symptoms of IBS may improve because tension in the muscles of the gut are relaxed, relieving pain and promoting normal bowel habits.

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Food poisoning as a cause of irritable bowel syndrome


How To Prevent Food PoisoningA US health organisation last week released a report warning that foodborne illnesses often have long-term consequences, especially in children, including the development of chronic illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome.

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention (CFI) report reviews what is currently known about the long-term health outcomes associated with five key foodborne pathogens. It also points out how under-reporting, inadequate follow-up and a lack of research make it difficult to assess the impact that foodborne illness is having.

"Foodborne illness is a serious public health issue in the 21st century", says Dr. Tanya Roberts, Chair of CFI's Board of Directors and an author of the report. "But the vast majority of these illnesses are never reported to public health agencies, leaving us with many unanswered questions about the impact that foodborne illness is having on different populations, particularly young children and the elderly."

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Klebsiella bacteria linked to infant colic and irritable bowel syndrome


Smiling BabyResearchers have for the first time identified a possible cause for colic, the common and distressing condition which frequently affects infants; those with the condition being found to have high levels of the Klebsiella bacterium in their guts.

Colic results in severe crying in an otherwise healthy newborn. It most commonly occurs in infants younger than three months and lasts for more than three hours daily for at least three days a week.

The condition is very common, affecting around 15% of infants. The reasons why colic occurs are currently unknown although it has long been suspected that digestive issues play a role. Some feel that painful wind, or that intolerances to foodstuffs such as lactose while the baby's digestive system matures, are likely suspects. Research supporting these assumptions is limited however.

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