Microbiome science may help doctors deliver more effective, personalized treatment to children with irritable bowel syndrome

(Elsevier) To improve the treatment of children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), investigators have developed a sophisticated way to analyze the microbial and metabolic contents of the gut. A report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier, describes how a new battery of tests enables researchers to distinguish patients with IBS from healthy children and identifies correlations between certain microbes and metabolites with abdominal pain. With this information, doctors envision tailoring nutritional and targeted therapies that address a child's specific gastrointestinal problems.
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Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Current Rheumatology Reports - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
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Source: Metabolomics - Category: Biology Source Type: research
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Source: Physiological Reports - Category: Physiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Motility and functional bowel disease Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Motility and functional bowel disease Source Type: research
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Source: Progres en Urologie - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Prog Urol Source Type: research
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