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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine, often causing bouts of cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.

IBS is not curable but, in most cases, people learn to live with and control the condition by managing diet, lifestyle and stress levels. Medications to treat diarrhea, pain killers or drugs that relieve painful bowel spasms may also be used.

The cause of IBS is not yet clear but it is linked to changes in the way food is moved through the bowel. In healthy people, layers of muscle lining the intestinal wall contract and relax in a coordinated manner to move food from the stomach, through the colon and into the rectum. When an individual has IBS, however, the contractions are unusually strong and food is passed through the intestine too quickly which leads to diarrhea and a build up of gas.

Triggers for IBS range from pressure on the intestines to certain foods such as chocolate or carbonated drinks, hormonal changes such as during the menstrual cycle and emotional changes such as an increase in stress.

IBS can be painful and debilitating if not treated appropriately, negatively impacting on a person’s quality of life. However, with appropriate treatment individuals with IBS should be able to live a full and active life.
Pasteurised intestinal bacterium could stop progression of obesity and diabetes in mice

Pasteurised intestinal bacterium could stop progression of obesity and diabetes in mice

The intestinal bacterium Akkermansia proves to offer enduring benefits for the intestines of overweight mice and diabetic animals. [More]
New study shows link between defective sucrase-isomaltase gene variants and IBS

New study shows link between defective sucrase-isomaltase gene variants and IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects a large portion of the general population. New research coordinated by Karolinska Institutet now shows a link between defective sucrase-isomaltase gene variants and IBS. [More]
FDA approves new assay for diagnosis of IBD

FDA approves new assay for diagnosis of IBD

Inova Diagnostics, a worldwide leader in autoimmune diagnostic reagents and systems for the clinical laboratory, is pleased to announce the US Food and Drug Administration clearance of QUANTA Lite Calprotectin Extended Range, an assay which aids in the diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and can help differentiate IBD from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). [More]
Identifying foods that trigger IBS: an interview with Dr Bill Chey

Identifying foods that trigger IBS: an interview with Dr Bill Chey

IBS is a common medical condition which is diagnosed in the presence of characteristic gastrointestinal symptoms including recurring bouts of abdominal pain and diarrhea and/or constipation. IBS patients also commonly report bloating and abdominal distension or swelling. [More]
Primary headache patients diagnosed with more comorbidities have high healthcare costs, research shows

Primary headache patients diagnosed with more comorbidities have high healthcare costs, research shows

Research presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Nexus in early October in Washington, DC, showed that 60 percent of adult patients who were diagnosed with primary headache had one or more comorbidities which raised the average annual cost of their healthcare to over $20,000. [More]
New report underscores personal and economic impact of IBS

New report underscores personal and economic impact of IBS

A multi-disciplinary expert group calls for greater attention to be paid to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to bring it out of the shadows. The IBS Global Impact Report is launched at United European Gastroenterology Week and examines published studies on the direct and indirect costs of IBS. [More]
Common drug for allergies and asthma could prevent fibrosis, reduce need for liver transplants

Common drug for allergies and asthma could prevent fibrosis, reduce need for liver transplants

A drug commonly used for the prevention of allergies and asthma someday could find new use in preventing liver disease and reducing the need for transplants, according to new research published in the October 2016 edition of the scientific journal Hepatology. [More]
Alternative therapies appear to be effective in ameliorating IBS symptoms

Alternative therapies appear to be effective in ameliorating IBS symptoms

A new review looks at the evidence behind the effectiveness of complementary or alternative therapies-including probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, fiber, and herbal medicinal products-for the treatment of bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional constipation, and ulcerative colitis. [More]
Harvard symposium highlights health impact of gut microbiota and probiotics throughout lifespan

Harvard symposium highlights health impact of gut microbiota and probiotics throughout lifespan

Danone Nutricia Research, one of the key sponsors of the September 15th and 16th Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition symposium on gut microbiota, probiotics and their impact throughout the lifespan, announces its continued support of research in the emerging field of the microbiome and its interactions with body functions. [More]
New partnership between BetterYou and University of Sheffield paves way for vitamin D research

New partnership between BetterYou and University of Sheffield paves way for vitamin D research

A new collaboration between health pioneers BetterYou and scientists from the University of Sheffield, is paving the way for a three-year clinical trial looking at the effect of vitamin D supplementation on the quality of life of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). [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]
Study demonstrates significant reduction in severity of exercise-induced asthma following B-GOS consumption

Study demonstrates significant reduction in severity of exercise-induced asthma following B-GOS consumption

Clasado Biosciences Limited, the producers and suppliers of Bimuno(R) (B-GOS), a unique patented trans-galactooligosaccharide complex, today announces the publication of results for the latest clinical study using B-GOS. [More]
New research shows independent gut-to-brain and brain-to-gut pathways operate in IBS patients

New research shows independent gut-to-brain and brain-to-gut pathways operate in IBS patients

New research indicates that in patients with irritable bowedistinct brain-to-gut pathway, where psychological symptoms begin first, and separately a distinctl syndrome (IBS) or indigestion, there is a gut-to-brain pathway, where gut symptoms start first. [More]
Low-FODMAP rye bread may reduce symptoms of IBS

Low-FODMAP rye bread may reduce symptoms of IBS

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are often concerned that certain foods may trigger or worsen their symptoms, which can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation. In a new study, patients who ate rye bread that was low in so-called "FODMAPs" (fermentable oligo- di- and mono-saccharides and polyols) experienced milder IBS symptoms than patients who ate normal rye bread. [More]
Treatment for IBS proves difficult, survey reveals

Treatment for IBS proves difficult, survey reveals

A new national survey by Health Union of more than 1,000 individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) reveals that the condition is difficult to diagnose and often even more difficult to treat. [More]
Scientists find link between makeup of individual's microbiome and head and neck cancer

Scientists find link between makeup of individual's microbiome and head and neck cancer

In a sample study, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have found an association between the makeup of an individual's microbiome and head and neck cancer, a finding that potentially advances the quest for faster and more accurate cancer diagnosis and therapy. [More]
Researchers play crucial role in crafting diagnostic criteria for functional GI disorders

Researchers play crucial role in crafting diagnostic criteria for functional GI disorders

With no laboratory test available to diagnose functional gastrointestinal disorders, proper diagnostic criteria are critical for clinicians to make an accurate determination of what ails their patients. [More]
Tarantula venom could help provide relief for patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Tarantula venom could help provide relief for patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Researchers from The University of Adelaide in South Australia found that a specific peptide in the spider venom could be used to understand how people sense pain. [More]
Spider venom helps investigate pain signals experienced by irritable bowel syndrome patients

Spider venom helps investigate pain signals experienced by irritable bowel syndrome patients

Spiders have helped researchers from Australia and the US discover a new target for irritable bowel syndrome pain. [More]
Rome IV criteria helps diagnose, treat gastrointestinal conditions in children

Rome IV criteria helps diagnose, treat gastrointestinal conditions in children

A child feels nauseated all the time, but no medical test can find what is wrong. Or a child vomits regularly, but there's no illness or eating disorder to explain it. These, and other stomach and bowel-related problems with no obvious causes, are called functional gastrointestinal disorders. [More]
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