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Precision medicine advances diagnosis and treatment of children with brain tumors

Precision medicine advances diagnosis and treatment of children with brain tumors

Precision medicine - in which diagnosis and treatments are keyed to the genetic susceptibilities of individual cancers - has advanced to the point where it can now impact the care of a majority of children with brain tumors, a new study by investigators at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center suggests. [More]
Type 1 diabetes patients show distinct signs of gut inflammation, study reveals

Type 1 diabetes patients show distinct signs of gut inflammation, study reveals

People with Type 1 diabetes exhibit inflammation in the digestive tract and gut bacteria¬—a pattern that differs from individuals who do not have diabetes or those who have celiac disease, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. [More]
Researchers uncover how stress hormone prevents digestive enzymes from damaging pancreas

Researchers uncover how stress hormone prevents digestive enzymes from damaging pancreas

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which the stress hormone FGF21 keeps digestive enzymes from damaging the pancreas. [More]
Impact of IBS on patients

Impact of IBS on patients

The report reveals a quite alarming situation about the economic impact of IBS on healthcare system, society and patients themselves. In particular, it disclosed that there are a lot of hidden costs related to the utilization of healthcare resources by means of patients, frequently not recognized as IBS... [More]
Vitamin D supplements encouraged to eliminate deficiencies in new borns

Vitamin D supplements encouraged to eliminate deficiencies in new borns

New research stating mothers must take a vitamin D supplement to protect new-borns from brittle bones and rickets, has been welcomed by health experts BetterYou. [More]
Appendix may serve as reservoir for beneficial gut bacteria, new research suggests

Appendix may serve as reservoir for beneficial gut bacteria, new research suggests

The human appendix, a narrow pouch that projects off the cecum in the digestive system, has a notorious reputation for its tendency to become inflamed (appendicitis), often resulting in surgical removal. [More]
Researchers working to develop pill for inherited bleeding disorders

Researchers working to develop pill for inherited bleeding disorders

Motivated by the tribulations of hemophilia patients and their families, researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering are working to develop a pill to treat this serious inherited bleeding disorder. [More]
UTMB researchers develop new vaccine against salmonella poisoning

UTMB researchers develop new vaccine against salmonella poisoning

Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed a vaccine against salmonella poisoning designed to be taken by mouth. The findings are detailed in an article published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. [More]
University of Limerick professor outlines evidence for categorising mesentery as organ

University of Limerick professor outlines evidence for categorising mesentery as organ

A University of Limerick professor has identified an emerging area of science having reclassified part of the digestive system as an organ. [More]
Researchers identify new gene fusions and mutations linked to subset of GIST patients

Researchers identify new gene fusions and mutations linked to subset of GIST patients

In recent years, researchers have identified specific gene mutations linked to gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), which primarily occur in the stomach or small intestine, with 5,000 to 6,000 new cases per year in the United States. [More]
Study offers important insights into link between mental disorders and physical diseases

Study offers important insights into link between mental disorders and physical diseases

Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel and Ruhr University Bochum have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases. [More]
New research shows impact of fiber deprivation on mouse gut

New research shows impact of fiber deprivation on mouse gut

It sounds like the plot of a 1950s science fiction movie: normal, helpful bacteria that begin to eat their host from within, because they don't get what they want. [More]
TTUHSC El Paso investigators receive $1.8 million grant to support digestive disorder research

TTUHSC El Paso investigators receive $1.8 million grant to support digestive disorder research

Co-principal investigators Richard McCallum, M.D., and Irene Sarosiek, M.D., have received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. [More]
Researchers discover Hedgehog signaling pathway is key to formation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Researchers discover Hedgehog signaling pathway is key to formation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic provide the first evidence that the Hedgehog signaling pathway is central to the formation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), which are frequently driven by the KIT oncogene. [More]
Innovative discovery could help life-saving oral drugs work efficiently and faster

Innovative discovery could help life-saving oral drugs work efficiently and faster

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company have discovered a new method for customizing ingredients that help oral medications dissolve in the body and be absorbed into the bloodstream. [More]
Nano-biointeraction and nanopathology

Nano-biointeraction and nanopathology

Nanoparticles enter the organism in a number of ways. In most cases through inhalation and ingestion. When inhaled, the majority of them are expelled with the next breath. When ingested, most of them are gotten rid of through feces. [More]
University of Limerick professor identifies mesentery as one continuous structure

University of Limerick professor identifies mesentery as one continuous structure

A University of Limerick professor has identified an emerging area of science having reclassified part of the digestive system as an organ. [More]
BetterYou’s oral spray effective in correcting vitamin D insufficiency in athletes, study shows

BetterYou’s oral spray effective in correcting vitamin D insufficiency in athletes, study shows

The findings of a study by Ulster University in conjunction with health pioneers BetterYou, have confirmed existing literature showing how athletes, despite spending an above average amount of time outdoors, are still at risk of vitamin D deficiency. [More]
Food intolerance testing: an interview with Dr Gill Hart

Food intolerance testing: an interview with Dr Gill Hart

Food intolerances are caused by adverse reactions to food or drink ingredients in your body. These are very different to food allergies. It is estimated that up to forty-five percent of the population suffers from food intolerances. [More]
Gut microbiota may play role in influencing food allergies

Gut microbiota may play role in influencing food allergies

Countless microorganisms live in the intestinal tract. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have been able to demonstrate that intestinal bacteria also play a role in determining the strength of anaphylactic reactions to food allergens. [More]
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