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Intestinal Permeability & Associated Diseases

Red Flags Intestinal Permeability Robert Sheeler MDDietary changes, chronic alcohol consumption, stress, the use of antibiotics, and other environmental factors, as well as genetic factors, can lead to alterations in the gut microbiota, which in turn may induce intestinal inflammation and increase intestinal permeability. As clinicians, how can we help patients with dysbiotic microbiota? READ MORE

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How Stress Changes Gut Function

What dietary and lifestyle interventions can help to diminish the effects of stress within the body and affect gastrointestinal function? New evidence suggests that both prebiotic diets and exercise interventions are most effective if given early in life when the gut and brain are more plastic. READ MORE

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Stress, Bile Acids, and IBS Symptoms

Bile absorption difficulties are common in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, as are anxiety and depression. When and how should treatment address these concerns? READ MORE

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Understanding Lead Toxicity

A 2018 study provides the first published evidence that lead exposure results in DNA damage via oxidative stress and promoter methylation of DNA repair genes in human cell lines. What other emerging research links lead to undesirable health outcomes? READ MORE