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Irritable Bowel Syndrome linked to brains response to pain


According to new research the brains of those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome are more sensitive to pain than those of healthy people.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition across the developed world. Exactly what causes it remains a mystery since no tissue damage or infection is typically found in patients. A number of different factors are thought to play a role in IBS but patients are often left feeling like the condition is all in their head and treatment results are patchy at best.

Now, new research has shed more light on one possible trigger for IBS. The research in fact does point to the condition being in patient's heads, but not in the sense that they need to see a psychiatrist.

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Irritable bowel syndrome common in those with allergies


Researchers have found that people with symptoms of allergy have a high incidence of irritable bowel syndrome, suggesting a link between atopic disease and the bowel disorder.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has long been associated with various mental health issues such as depression but this new research shows that the correlation between allergic conditions and IBS is even stronger.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Department of Immunology/Microbiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. The results appearand in this months edition of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

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Hypnotherapy an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome


Researchers say that hypnotherapy directed specifically at the gut should be a first line treatment for children with longstanding abdominal pain or irritable bowel syndrome.

The recommendations are published in a Gastroenterology article by a group of researchers from at St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, in the Netherlands.

The dutch team, led by Dr Arine M. Vlieger, were aware of research demonstrating the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy in adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) so decided to test if it was also helpful for children with the same condition or with other abdominal pain.

A total of 53 children between the ages of eight and 18 took part in the study, all of whom were suffering from persistent abdominal pain or IBS. The children were divided into two groups with one group receiving hypnotherapy and the other receiving standard medical care and six sessions of supportive therapy.

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IBS Treatment Center aims to provide irritable bowel syndrome relief in time for the holidays


The IBS Treatment Center is hoping its unique diagnosis and treatment approach can have many irritable bowel syndrome patients looking forward to the holidays rather than fearing them.

The treatment center based in Seattle, Washington, and founded by Dr. Stephen Wangen, is the only clinic of its kind in the United States. The center aims to discover the root causes of each individual patient's symptoms and tailor a targetted treatment plan to achieve the best results possible.

Dr. Wangen is a licensed and board certified physician who trained for his doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine at the world renowned Bastyr University. He suffered from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) himself and was able to successfully overcome his condition after discovering he had an intolerance to gluten (wheat protein).

Dr. Wangen went on to set up the successful IBS Treatment Center and is also the author of the 'The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Solution', which like the center, educates IBS patients about the underlying causes of their symptoms and what can be done about them.

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Diet free from gluten and casein helpful in irritable bowel syndrome


A new study finds that excluding foods containing gluten and casein from the diet can relieve the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

Many irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers have discovered for themselves that removing wheat and dairy products from their diet helps to relieve their symptoms and make them feel better. Now, a new study has gone beyond anecdotal reports and shown that this approach is truly effective in more than half of patients who have both IBS and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Researchers from New Zealand this week presented results of their three month long trial at the Australian Gastroenterology Week conference in Perth. The trial involved 100 participants who had been disgnosed with both IBS and IBD. The two conditions commonly occur together.

The participants each had their diets assessed to determine which foods appeared to trigger or exacerbate their abdominal symptoms. The most common culprits included those foods that contain wheat, dairy products, foods high in fructose (i.e. fruit), and foods high in galactans like legumes. Paticipants were then advised to avoid their particular trigger foods for a period of three months.

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