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It's a little known health condition that can become a nightmare: Regular and sudden episodes of intense nausea and vomiting.

Now, new clinical guidance urges people to take notes and speak...

Most salmonella outbreaks linked to poultry are caused by just a few strains of the diarrhea-causing bacteria, a new study finds.

There are more than 2,600 different types of salmonella bacteria, but only three strains are most likely to cause illness in humans, researchers report.

Interestingly, one of the most common types found in U.S. chicken -- Salmonella Kentucky -- c...

Being regular is good for you, a new study shows.

Predictable bowel movements could be tied to your long-term health, allowing your body to absorb essential nutrients without producing harmful organ-damaging toxins, researchers found.

The "Goldilocks zone"of bowel movement frequency, once or twice a day, is associated with better health, results show.

That gives gut microbes e...

A new "microrobot" pill may help tame inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a new study in mice suggests.

The pill significantly reduced IBD symptoms in mice and promoted the healing of damaged colon tissue without toxic side effects, researchers reported June 26 in the journal Science Robotic

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  • June 28, 2024
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  • The bacteria colonizing your bowels play a key part in your risk for infection, new research shows.

    A study of more than 600 people hospitalized with infections found their microbiomes had fewer bacteria that were able to produce a beneficial fatty acid called butyrate. 

    The bacteria make butyrate as they digest the fiber people eat. It's been shown before that people fighting ...

    Dads appear to make a small but important contribution to a newborn baby's gut health, a new study discovers.

    Many microbes found in babies throughout their first year of life originate in the father rather than the mother, researchers report June 12 in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

    Most ...

    Sipped from porcelain cups amid the music of Mozart and periwigs of the 1700s, tea was introduced to England and began its quiet work saving thousands of lives, new research confirms.

    It wasn't the leaves that kept tea drinkers out of danger: It was the boiled water tea was served in.

    Unboiled water had long left England's residents at very high risk for bacterial illnesses such a...

    The right diet may be the best medicine for easing the painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), new research shows.

    In the study, two different eating plans beat standard medications in treating the debilitating symptoms of the gastrointestinal disease. One diet was low in "FODMAPs,"a group of sugars and carbohydrates found in dairy, wheat and certain fruits and vegetables, wh...

    In a finding that suggests sooner is better than later, a new trial shows that giving advanced treatment early to Crohn's patients can dramatically improve their gut health.

    About 80% of those who got therapy with an immune-suppressing drug called infliximab shortly after their Crohn's diagnosis experienced an improvement in their symptoms and inflammatory markers related to the disease, ...

    Folks who follow a healthy lifestyle are less likely to wind up with a case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a new study claims.

    The more healthy behaviors in which a person regularly engaged, the lower their risk of IBS, researchers reported Feb. 20 in the journal Gut.

    Not smoking, vigorous exercise and getting enough sleep in particular were strongly associated with kee...

    It was the ancient Greeks who first divided the 20-foot length of the small intestine into three parts: The duodenum, the jejunum and the ileum.

    However, the organ may finally be ready for an update: U.S. researchers say the small intestine is actually comprised of five distinct segments, each being responsible for the absorption of various nutrients.

    "We're excited because this gro...

    Two people have died and 23 have been hospitalized in a years-long outbreak of listeria illness that's finally been traced to one company's cheeses, yogurts and other dairy products.

    That's the message from a U.S. Centers Disease Control and Prevention alert sent out on Tuesday.

    All of the dairy products, s...

    People are more prone to coming down with a common gastrointestinal infection on hot, humid days, new research shows.

    The British study suggests that climate change and global warming could increase cases of diarrheal illness caused by campylobacter bacterial infections.

    "This information is invaluable, as illnesses such as campylobacteriosis not only cause discomfort to in...

    Some folks feasting this holiday have to contend with gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD.

    In fact, about one-third of the population is affected by this chronic condition, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    That's why it is providing tips on how to manage this digestive disorder, as part of GERD Awareness Week Nov. 19-25.

    "Diet plays a crucia...

    MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Inflammatory bowel disease starts to develop years before patients come down with symptoms, a new study suggests.

    Gut changes can be detected in blood tests up to eight years before a diagnosis of Crohn's disease and up to three years prior to a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, according to findings recently published in the journal

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  • November 13, 2023
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  • Federal regulators have sent warning letters to two companies for illegally selling probiotic products for use in preterm infants.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also sent a letter to health care providers warning of the risks.

    Probiotic products contain live organisms such as bacteria or yeast. They are commonly found in dietary supplements.

    These products may be dange...

    An inexpensive medication long used for depression and migraines now has a clinical trial to back up its off-label use for another condition that lowers quality of life: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

    In the study, British researchers found that those taking amitriptyline were almost twice as likely as those taking a placebo to see an improvement in IBS symptoms.

    "We were delighted...

    A type of gut bacteria found in wild wolves could help treat domestic dogs who have a common, debilitating gastrointestinal condition.

    New research in an Oregon wolf discovered a novel strain of Paenibacillus bacteria that displays the characteristics of a probiotic.

    The benefit from this bacteria would be to stop canine inflammatory bowel disease.

    A chronic illness,...

    While many have raved about the powers of popular weight-loss drugs like Wegovy and Ozempic, new research confirms the medications can trigger some nasty gastrointestinal side effects.

    Known as GLP-1 agonists, they may increase the risk of stomach paralysis, pancreatitis and bowel obstruction, scientists found.

    "Although the incidence of these adverse events are relatively rare, af...

    Rock star Bruce Springsteen announced Wednesday that he has postponed all of his remaining shows this year as he deals with peptic ulcer disease.

    Springsteen said he's continuing to "recover steadily from peptic ulcer disease over the past few weeks and will continue treatment through the rest of the year on doctor's advice,"in a

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  • September 28, 2023
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  • A lot of older adults have digestive diseases that can be debilitating. They can also be linked to loneliness and depression, a new study says.

    "These conditions are very common in ambulatory care,"said gastroenterologist Dr. Shirley Cohen-Mekelburg, who specializes in problems like infla...

    Bruce Springsteen has again postponed shows for illness, this time while he is treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease.

    Springsteen announced Wednesday that he was postponing his September shows in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Albany and Syracuse in New York, and in Connecticut and Ohio, the Ass...

    It might not seem like constipation or difficulty swallowing could signal a neurological problem, but new research suggests that these gut conditions could be an early indicator of Parkinson's disease.

    Gastrointestinal symptoms are also thought to precede the development of cerebrovascular disease, including stroke, brain aneurysm or Alzheimer's disease. It has previously been suggested t...

    Colon cancer survivors are living longer than ever, but the vast majority of women treated for the disease have lingering gastrointestinal symptoms, such as bloating and gas, new research reveals.

    Roughly eight years after treatment, 81% of female colon cancer survivors still had GI symptoms, say researchers who analyzed medical data from more than 400 women.

    Severe GI symptoms w...

    A Louisiana woman is suing the makers of two type 2 diabetes drugs used off-label for obesity, saying they failed to adequately warn about the risk of severe stomach problems.

    The lawsuit seeks "very significant...

    Aspirin, naproxen and other common pain medications known as NSAIDs worsen gastrointestinal infections caused by a bacterium known as Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), new research shows.

    NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are widely used to ease pain and inflammation. In a new study using mice, researchers set out to find why they exacerbate C. diff, the leading cau...

    Patients with bile duct cancer might soon have an additional treatment available to them, thanks to a newly discovered tumor target.

    Some bile duct cancers are driven by a mutated HER2 gene, which has also been implicated in cancers of the breast, esophagus and prostate, researchers report in a new study.

    An experimental drug targeting HER2 mutations, zanidatamab, produced powerful ...

    Microplastic pollution is altering the gut microbiomes of wild seabirds and that could be a warning sign for humans, researchers report.

    Scientists from McGill University in Montreal, along with colleagues from around the world, found that tiny bits of plastic present in the gastrointestinal system of seabirds have modified the gut's microbiome. The plastics are also reducing levels of ad...

    Maintaining a healthy weight may be important for reducing the risk of gastrointestinal cancer, a new study suggests.

    The research adds to the evidence that excess weight and weight increases in adulthood increase the risk for colon and other gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

    "In a time when obesity rates are rising globally and 70% of the U.S. population alone is considered overweig...

    Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, has no cure. But there are many treatments, specific to type, and it is possible to keep the symptoms under control.

    A gastroenterologist offers some tips for those newly diagnosed with the condition.

    "It's important to get a proper diagnosis and see an experienced inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) provider, preferably at a cent...

    Four symptoms could provide early warning of colon cancer in younger adults.

    Being aware of these red flags could lead to earlier detection and diagnosis for those under age 50, said researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

    The telltale symptoms are abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea and iron deficiency anemia.

    The death rate from colon canc...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first pill form of fecal microbiota -- similar to what's known as fecal transplant therapy -- to treat the bacterial infection Clostridioides difficile, one of the most common and deadly infections found in health care settings.

    The drug, Vowst, is approved to prevent recurrence of C. difficile in people who...

    People are often reminded that they are their own unique person -- and a new study says that's particularly true of the digestive tract.

    Dissections of a few dozen deceased individuals revealed striking differences in gastrointestinal anatomy, even among a small group of people.

    Some livers were larger, some intestines and colons were longer. Crucial discrepancies were observed betw...

    You may be struggling with stomach pain and digestive distress without understanding why, thinking it might be something you ate.

    Can stress cause stomach pain?

    Stress, especially chronic stress, can indeed increase your risk for gastrointestinal (GI) problems.

    "Stress and anxiety are common causes of stomach pain and other GI symptoms,"

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  • April 7, 2023
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  • A medical device used to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile duct disease is getting attention from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after pieces have fallen off and remained in patients' bodies.

    Previously, the FDA had expressed

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  • Lawyer, entrepreneur and avid athlete Mark Clements participated in the 2005 St. George Marathon in Utah, but ongoing stomach pains made finishing the event a struggle.

    "He was having some stomach pain,"recalled his sister Stacie Lindsey. "My dad had had ulcers, and so he thought that he had ulcers."

    After finishing the marathon, Clements, then 38, went straight in to see his doctor...

    Add gastrointestinal problems to the long list of lingering conditions that can follow COVID-19.

    New research has found that people who have had COVID-19 are at an increased risk of gastrointestinal disorders within a year of their infection -- including liver problems, acute pancreatitis, irritable bowel syn...

    When Dr. Yezaz Ghouri sees patients with the cramping, abdominal pain and diarrhea that are hallmark symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), he'll typically ask how life's going.

    More often than not, his patients say they are experiencing stress in their lives.

    Now, Ghouri's team has establishe...

    Taking laxatives regularly to ease constipation may up your chances of developing dementia down the road, a new study suggests.

    This risk is even higher among folks who use multiple types of laxatives or osmotic laxatives, which work by drawing water into stool.

    Previous research has linked other over-the-counter drugs, including non-prescription sleep aids and allergy medicati...

    Bile duct and gallbladder cancers develop in organs deep inside the body, making them difficult to detect.

    Knowing the signs of these rare cancers may help with earlier detection.

    Gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer are two separate diseases, according to Dr. Miral Sadaria Grandhi

    Many people who have surgery for chronic pancreatitis continue to have health struggles in the years afterward -- with some dying at a young age, a new study finds.

    The study, done at one U.S. medical center, is the largest to look at overall survival in the...

    Researchers believe they have found a link between lower bacterial diversity in the intestine's microbiome and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

    Normally, "more than 10,000 species of microorganism live in the human intestine,"noted study co-author Dr. Jung Ok Shim, a professor o...

    If you have frequent heartburn or think you may have acid reflux disease, see an expert before you suffer serious complications, one expert warns.

    "Gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD] is when you get acid and chemical damage to the lining of the esophagus," said

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  • January 16, 2023
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  • Moving a heavy object or even coughing can result in a medical condition known as a hernia.

    While it's common, many people don't know what a hernia is, according to an expert at Penn State Health, who offered details on causes, symptoms and treatment.

    "While we typically associate heavy lifting or strenuous activity with the development of a hernia, other congenital abdominal wall d...

    Folks who follow a handful of healthy habits can dramatically reduce their risk of developing an inflammatory bowel disease, a new study reports.

    Adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can prevent up to 60% of cases of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to research published Dec. 6 in the journal

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  • December 8, 2022
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  • A small toilet-based sound sensor that can tell the difference between peeing, pooping and diarrhea may one day help prevent cholera outbreaks.

    "The hope is that this sensor, which is small in footprint and noninvasive in approach, could be deployed to areas where cholera outbreaks are a persistent risk," said researcher

    A leading group of U.S. tummy doctors wants Americans to get used to talking about their bowel symptoms, at least with their physicians.

    People are hesitant to discuss digestive trouble with a medical professional, with one in three saying they would mention it only if their doctor brought it up first, according to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).

    That's even with...

    U.S. health officials have warned that numerous brands of brie and camembert cheese may contain Listeria, a potentially dangerous bacteria.

    Old Europe Cheese Inc. has

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  • A total of 97 people across six states have now been made ill by E. coli, in an outbreak possibly tied to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy's restaurants.

    "Since the last update on August 25, 2022, 13 more illnesses have been reported to CDC," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...

    Could you be at risk for a hernia?

    One expert gives the lowdown on hernias, who is most at risk for them, and how they are typically treated.

    Dr. Harvey Rainville, a general surgeon at Hackensack Meridian Mountains...