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Understanding & Diagnosing Functional Dyspepsia

Understanding and Diagnosing Functional DyspepsiaBecause dyspepsia can manifest in a multitude of symptoms, clinicians are encouraged to look for red flags that are clinical indicators of a possible serious underlying condition. Yet on diagnostic work-up, only 20 to 30% of patients with dyspepsia are found to have frank diseases that account for their symptoms. READ MORE
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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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Gut Dysbiosis and Stress

Once thought to be extraneous to the body, stress is now seen as another symptom of dysbiosis. Learn cost-effective strategies for resolving stress and gut-based diseases. READ MORE
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The Importance of Digestion in Chronic Disease

Physiology of Digestion Kara Parker MDClose to 100 million Americans suffer from some form of digestive problem. How can practitioners incorporate new research on barrier integrity, digestion, absorption, gut flora, and nutritional insufficiencies in the diagnosis and management of patients with digestive dysfunction and chronic diseases? Read More
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New Research in the Field of Neurogastroenterology

In 2017, for the first time in humans, UCLA researchers established an association between gut microbiota and brain regions involved in processing sensory information. The study showed that differences in gut microbial composition correlate with regional brain volumes in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and shed light on the connections between childhood trauma, brain development, and gut microbiome composition. Read More
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Heal the Microbiome With the IFM Elimination Diet

Emerging research continues to show that symptoms and conditions that have failed to respond to conventional medical therapy may resolve when a patient follows an elimination diet. Read More
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Alternatives to PPIs and H2 Blockers

Taking an over-the-counter acid blocker for occasional heartburn symptoms may not be a big issue, but in practice, many patients with chronic reflux are prescribed acid blockers indefinitely. Research suggests that this long-term approach may have significant drawbacks. Read More
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Non-Celiac Immune Responses to Gluten

What are the mechanisms behind non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Research continues to highlight the role of gut permeability and its connection to autoimmunity. Read More
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The Connection Between Leaky Gut and Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of several conditions where gut permeability predates symptoms, and it may be possible to prevent joint damage by treating the gut. What is the state of research on arthritis, the microbiome, and gut permeability? How can we help patients to restore mucosal integrity and prevent damage? Read More
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Treating SIBO and Its Comorbidities

Nutrition interventions that reduce the fermentation of carbohydrates in the gut can help restore a healthy balance among gut bacteria. Of the many choices for treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which food plans work best for restoring balance in the gut microbiome?Read More