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2011-09-19 22:00:43

Neuroticism – the tendency to experience negative emotions –significantly affects brain processing during pain, as well as during the anticipation of pain, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Neuroticism tends to be higher in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and is a risk factor for chronic, unexplained pain in IBS. "Patients who have high expectations of pain may have a harder time...

2011-06-30 12:12:00

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For years, physicians have thought of chronic abdominal pain, also known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as the result of an overactive nervous system. Because the root problem was determined to be essentially psychosomatic, treatment typically consisted of antidepressants. However a new study published in World Journal of Gastroenterology suggests the disorder is an immune-gastro-enterological syndrome involving many organic causes....

2011-04-26 00:00:28

April marks the 15th annual Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, meant to publicize help for a condition so prevalent that, though rarely discussed, is the leading cause of worker absenteeism after the common cold. In particular, significant patient self-help avenues such as HelpForIBS.com offer information, support, and immediate tangible help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. Self-help management of IBS has proven so successful that physicians and dietitians are embracing these...

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2011-04-19 10:42:02

University of Adelaide researchers have shown for the first time how peppermint helps to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which affects up to 20% of the population. In a paper published this week in the international journal Pain, researchers from the University's Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory explain how peppermint activates an "anti-pain" channel in the colon, soothing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract. Dr Stuart Brierley says while peppermint has been commonly prescribed by...

2010-07-22 15:25:06

Findings suggest IBS similar to other pain disorders A large academic study has demonstrated structural changes in specific brain regions in female patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that causes pain and discomfort in the abdomen, along with diarrhea, constipation or both. A collaborative effort between UCLA and Canada's McGill University, the study appears in the July issue of the journal Gastroenterology. The findings show that IBS is associated with both decreases...

2009-07-22 09:33:18

Although visceral hypersensitivity is considered a hallmark feature of IBS, conflicting evidence exists regarding somatic hypersensitivity in this patient population. Several investigators have found no evidence for heightened somatic pain sensitivity in IBS patients. Also, others have reported similar cold presser pain tolerance in IBS patients and controls. These conflicting findings may result from differing somatic pain testing procedures. Previous studies have explored the correlates of...

2009-03-16 06:00:00

SAN DIEGO, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company, announced today that it has received New York State approval for PROMETHEUS(R) IBS Diagnostic, the first and only blood test for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This novel test incorporates 10 biomarkers, two of which are proprietary, along with a proprietary algorithm to help physicians diagnose patients with IBS. "One out of five Americans has symptoms of IBS, however the...

2008-12-02 09:36:00

British Medical Journal study finds natural, less expensive treatments are effective for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Sufferers PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- With its feasts, travel and family gatherings, the holiday season is, for most, anticipated with excitement. But for the estimated 60 million Americans who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the holidays can be fraught with the fear of sudden embarrassing and debilitating gastrointestinal attacks, often triggered by food...

2008-10-22 09:00:10

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals has reported positive results from a Phase IIb study assessing linaclotide's safety and efficacy in 420 patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. Analysis of the data indicates that once-daily oral dosing of linaclotide, across a range of doses, significantly reduced abdominal pain and significantly improved constipation symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) throughout the 12-week study period. Further, the...

2008-10-08 09:00:12

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Forest Laboratories have reported positive results from a Phase IIb study assessing linaclotide's safety and efficacy in 420 patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. Analysis of the data indicates that once- daily oral dosing of linaclotide, across a range of doses, significantly reduced abdominal pain and significantly improved constipation symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) throughout the 12-week study...


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