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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Fecal microbiota transplant recommended for the majority of recurrent C. diff patients      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In the first comprehensive evidence-based guideline on the use of fecal microbiota-based therapies for gastrointestinal disease, the American Gastroenterological Association recommends fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for most patients with recurrent Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection. FMT therapies are not recommended as a treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Fibromyalgia
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Two types of CBT are equally effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

There does not appear to be any profound differences between so-called exposure-based CBT and traditional CBT in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Both forms of treatment produced a significant reduction in symptoms in people affected by the disease.

Chronic Illness Crohn's Disease Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Risk of serious infection even in low-active IBD      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an independent risk factor for serious infection, even at very low levels of gastrointestinal inflammation.

Chronic Illness Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Genetics links endometriosis and IBS      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have found a significant relationship between the risks for endometriosis and common gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Sufferers can find it difficult to distinguish the source of their pain leading to confusion or misdiagnosis and years of delay in treatment during which time the endometriosis can progress to more severe disease -- endometriosis should be considered as a possible cause if a woman presents to her GP with abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Today's Healthcare
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Amitriptyline helps relieve IBS symptoms      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Amitriptyline can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in patients seen in GP surgeries, new research has found.  The cheap and widely available prescription drug, which is commonly used at low doses for a range of health concerns, has been found to improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms too, according to the results of the ATLANTIS trial. The results showed that patients taking amitriptyline were almost twice as likely to report an overall improvement in symptoms as those taking a placebo.   

Chronic Illness Fibromyalgia Today's Healthcare
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Cognitive behavioral therapy eases how fibromyalgia pain is experienced by the brain      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Patients living with fibromyalgia (FM) -- a disease that predominantly affects women and is characterized by chronic pain, fatigue and brain fog -- often find limited treatment options and a scarcity of explanations for their symptoms. Investigators have now found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can significantly reduce the burden of FM by, in part, reducing pain-catastrophizing, a negative cognitive and emotional response that can intensify pain through feelings of helplessness, rumination and intrusive thoughts. This finding is backed by neuroimaging data, evidencing reduced connectivity between regions of the brain associated with self-awareness, pain and emotional processing.

Fibromyalgia Neuropathy Psychology Research Today's Healthcare
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Fibromyalgia: Pain out of control      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Feeling like we have a degree of control makes us tolerate pain better. In the case of fibromyalgia, however, this simply doesn't work. A study provides clues as to why.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrition
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Fiber discovery could shape better gut health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Changing the structure of a dietary fiber commonly found in a range of food products has been found to promote healthy gut bacteria and reduce gas formation, a finding that could help people with intolerances to fiber and irritable bowel conditions.

Chronic Illness Depression Fibromyalgia Mental Health Research Neuropathy Today's Healthcare
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Antidepressants used for chronic pain on the rise, but are they effective?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research has found some antidepressants may be effective in treating certain chronic pain conditions, but others lack convincing evidence on their effectiveness.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Lower bacterial diversity is associated with irritable bowel syndrome      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have lower bacterial diversity in the intestine than do healthy people, according to a team of investigators. The investigators believe that theirs is the first analysis to find a clear association between IBS and reduced diversity in the microbiota of the gut.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Realtime monitoring with a wearable device reveals IBS-related changes      (via sciencedaily.com) 

A research group recorded the autonomic nervous system activity in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and healthy subjects using a wearable device and a proprietary smartphone application to record daily life events such as defecation and sleep. As a result, they found that sympathetic nervous system activity was activated in IBS patients from 2 minutes before defecation and continued until 9 minutes after defecation. Further research is expected to improve the quality of life of IBS patients and elucidate the pathophysiology.

Chronic Illness Irritable Bowel Syndrome Neuropathy
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Treating gut pain via a Nobel prize-winning receptor      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Targeting a receptor responsible for our sense of touch and temperature, which researchers have now found to be present in our colon, could provide a new avenue for treating chronic pain associated with gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. A team examining the colon identified the presence of Piezo2, the subject of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, now known to be responsible for sensing light touch on our skin.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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How gravity may cause irritable bowel syndrome      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new theory suggests irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the most common gastrointestinal disorder, may be caused by gravity. An expert explains that IBS -- and many other conditions -- could result from the body's inability to manage gravity.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Bloating common issue among Americans      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Nearly 1 in 7 Americans experience bloating on a weekly basis, and most aren't seeking professional care for it, according to a new study.

Birth Defects Crohn's Disease Infant's Health Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with inactive inflammatory bowel disease      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Inflammatory bowel disease is a risk factor for giving birth preterm even when in apparent disease remission, a new study shows. If corroborated, the results may eventually affect recommendations for women with ulcerative colitis who tries to conceive.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Histamine-producing gut bacteria can trigger chronic abdominal pain      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The culprit is what has now been named Klebsiella aerogenes, the McMaster-Queen (MQ) strain, identified in up to 25 per cent of gut microbiota samples from patients with IBS. Researchers examined stool microbiota samples from both Canadian and American patient cohorts.

Fibromyalgia
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Study analyzes brain changes associated with juvenile fibromyalgia      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Analyzing the brain changes that occur in the first stages of juvenile fibromyalgia could help to better understand the pathophysiology of this syndrome.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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For IBS, specific diets are less important than expected      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Many IBS sufferers avoid certain types of food and often exclude gluten. However, a large new study does not show a relationship between high intake of gluten and increased IBS symptoms. The researchers did find that a certain type of carbohydrate called 'fodmaps' can aggravate intestinal problems, however, the overall results indicate that they also have less influence than previously thought.

Fibromyalgia Neuropathy
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'Where does it hurt?' predicts chronic pain outcomes, study shows      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Pain distribution as reported on a body map, on its own, can be used to assign patients to distinct subgroups that are associated with differences in pain intensity, pain quality, pain impact and clinically-relevant three-month outcomes, according to a new study.

Fibromyalgia Neuropathy
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Fibromyalgia likely the result of autoimmune problems      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research has shown that many of the symptoms in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) are caused by antibodies that increase the activity of pain-sensing nerves throughout the body. The results show that fibromyalgia is a disease of the immune system, rather than the currently held view that it originates in the brain.