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Irritable Bowel Syndrome linked to chilli pepper pain receptor


Researchers have discovered that those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome have a higher number of chilli pepper pain receptors than normal and say the findings may lead to better treatments.

The study was published yesterday in the journal Gut and was carried out by researchers at Imperial College London.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder in the UK and is estimated to affect up to 20% of the population. Despite this it is also one of the least understood digestive diseases and patients are often left trying to cope with treatments which are only partially effective at best.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome cooking and recipe website launched


Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects as many as 1 in 5 people in developed countries. Studies have identified a number of foods that are often problematic and symptoms can often be managed through diet. Now a new cooking website shows sufferers how to go from a bland, tasteless diet to gourmet meals, safely.

When gourmet cook Lynda Shannon contracted a digestive disorder 6 years ago, she went from foie gras to chicken broth overnight. It started with the stomach flu but then just didn't go away, she says.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, one of many functional gastrointestinal disorders, affects 15-20% of the population in Canada and the US. It crosses all age groups: it can affect the young, the middle-aged and the elderly. Symptoms include: abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea (some experience all of these at different times).

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New testing offers hope for irritable bowel syndrome patients


The IBS Treatment Center is to use PCR testing technology to aid in getting to the root causes of individual cases of irritable bowel syndrome.

They say the new testing technique will allow for more accurate determination of the microbial balance of patients' intestines. This could then lead to more precisely tailored and effective treatment.

The Center, based in Seattle in the US, has always aimed to determine the underlying causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in each individual patient. This is in contrast to standard medical care for the condition which is limited to ruling out more serious conditions, like cancer, and offering generic dietary and lifestyle advice such as altering intake of fibre.

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Hypnosis may tackle increased pain sensitivity in irritable bowel syndrome


Two seperate studies indicate that the pain of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is due to increased sensitivity in the brain and that hypnosis can provide the tools for patients to control symptoms.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal disease in developed countries yet it remains poorly understood. In recent years much research has focused on how the body perceives pain through the brain and nervous system.

A study published recently found that womens' brains process sensations slightly differently than mens' which results in them having a higher sensitivity and greater likelihood of experiencing various stimuli as pain. This may explain why women are more likely to suffer from IBS and other chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.

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New Irritable Bowel Syndrome Guidelines for the UK


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has released new guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome that for the first time emphasize proactive diagnosis.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in developed countries with prevalence estimated at between 10% and 20%. Currently the diagnosis of IBS is based on the 'Rome III' diagnostic criteria. These criteria state that in order for a diagnosis of IBS to be given a patient must satisfy the following:

At least 3 months, with onset at least 6 months previously, of recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort associated with 2 or more of the following features:

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