• VIDEO: Non-invasive Detection of Early- and Late-Stage PDAC

VIDEO: Non-invasive Detection of Early- and Late-Stage PDAC

Specific patterns of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in urine samples can identify patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), researchers report in the February issue of Gastroenterology. The noninvasive technology, based on ion mobility spectrometry, can be used to discriminate between healthy individuals vs individuals with early- or advanced-stage cancer. VOCs are metabolic products of microbes that can

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  • Model: Microfabricated Crypt Scaffolds for Studying Human Colon Stem Cells

Model: Microfabricated Crypt Scaffolds for Studying Human Colon Stem Cells

Researchers created an in vitro human colon crypt array that provides an accurate representation of human intestinal crypts, reported in the February issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. This system re-creates an intestinal epithelium with a high density of polarized crypts that respond in a physiologic manner to growth factors, metabolites, or

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  • Intestinal Microbes as Carcinogens

Intestinal Microbes as Carcinogens

Fecal microbiota from patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) have carcinogenic properties, researchers report in the December issue of Gastroenterology. Feeding mice stool from patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) increased numbers of polyps, levels of intestinal dysplasia and proliferation, and markers of inflammation in colon, compared with stool from individuals without CRC, the scientists found.

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  • Can a Diet Low in FODMAPs Reduce IBS Symptoms in the Real World?

Can a Diet Low in FODMAPs Reduce IBS Symptoms in the Real World?

In patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a real-world diet low in fermentable oligosaccharides, monosaccharides, disaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs) reduced symptoms compared with a sham diet, researchers report in the October issue of Gastroenterology. The study also showed that co-administration of the multistrain probiotic increased numbers of Bifidobacterium species and might be

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  • Could the Microbiota Link Metabolic Syndrome With Inflammation?

Could the Microbiota Link Metabolic Syndrome With Inflammation?

Bacterial encroachment—shrinking of the bug-free zone adjacent to the colonic epithelium—is a feature of metabolic syndrome, researchers report in the September issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The findings could explain the relationship between diabetes and inflammation. Mucoid structures that coat the epithelium keep the intestinal microbiota at

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  • What are the Effects of Prednisolone in Patients With Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease?

What are the Effects of Prednisolone in Patients With Severe Alcoholic Liver Disease?

Infections are frequent in patients with severe alcoholic liver disease, but are only independently associated with mortality when patients receive prednisolone, researchers report in the April issue of Gastroenterology. This could offset prednisolone’s therapeutic benefit. This study’s senior author, Mark Thursz, discusses the findings in a video abstract. As with

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  • What is the Active Ingredient in FMT for CDI?

What is the Active Ingredient in FMT for CDI?

Sterile fecal filtrates—containing bacterial debris, proteins, antimicrobial compounds, metabolic products, and microbial DNA, rather than intact microorganisms—appear to be effective for treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), researchers report in the March issue of Gastroenterology. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an effective therapy of recurrent CDI—a single treatment resolves

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  • Do Relatives of Patients With IBD Also Have Intestinal Dysbiosis?

Do Relatives of Patients With IBD Also Have Intestinal Dysbiosis?

The intestinal microbiota of many healthy, first-degree relatives of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is dysbiotic, signifying a pre-disease state, low-level inflammation, and susceptibility to IBD, researchers report in the November issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Changes in the intestinal microbiome are involved in the pathogenesis

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  • How Could the Intestinal Microbiota Contribute to Celiac Disease?

How Could the Intestinal Microbiota Contribute to Celiac Disease?

Bacteria in the small intestine metabolize gluten differently, to increase or decrease its immunogenicity, researchers report in the October issue of Gastroenterology. This interaction between microbes and gluten could help determine the risk for autoimmune enteropathy in genetically susceptible individuals and underlie the reported association between dysbiosis and celiac disease.

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  • Is Dietary Fiber OK for Patients With Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis?

Is Dietary Fiber OK for Patients With Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis?

Intake of dietary fiber reduces risk of disease flares in patients with Crohn’s disease, but not ulcerative colitis, researchers report in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Recommendations to limit dietary fiber should therefore be re-evaluated. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have been associated with an abnormal mucosal immune response to

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