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IBS and Intestinal Bacteria

Some fascinating work at Penn State has shed some significant light on potential causes of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).  They discovered that white blood cells (macrophages) appear to regulate intestinal movement through communication with nerve cells in the intestines.  Furthermore, as I understand it, they discovered that beneficial bacteria interact with the white blood cells in a synergistic way, and that antibiotics, by disrupting bacteria, have a negative impact on the communication between neurons and white blood cells.  This leads to problems with intestinal contraction.  So the ultimate conclusion is that IBS may be caused by a disrupted bacterial environment in the intestines.  This can often be caused by antibiotics, steroid medications, and dietary changes (such as excessive starch, which promotes unhealthy bacterial overgrowth).  The study was published in the journal Cell.
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