Study: Omalizumab Boosts Safety, Efficacy of Oral Immunotherapy for Multifood Allergies

The immunoglobulin E-blocking drug omalizumab limited the risk of adverse effects associated with oral immunotherapy (OIT) and increased OIT’s overall efficacy in participants with multiple food allergies, a phase 2 clinical trial at Stanford University found.

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Fiber Takes on Stress

Greater fiber intake may reduce stress by increasing production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), a study by Irish researchers found.

Gut bacteria produce SCFAs, and high-fiber foods stimulate that process, according to a news release about the findings. Feeding...

A Cost-effective Approach to Treating Pediatric C-diff

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) via nasogastric feeding tube (NGT) is a cheaper yet similarly effective treatment method for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in children when compared with FMT via colonoscopy or nasoduodenal tube, a study from Children’s Hospital Colorado has found.

Heavy Consumption of Red Meat Associated with Greater Risk of Diverticulitis

Harvard researchers have uncovered a link between consumption of red meat and an increased likelihood of developing diverticulitis.

Bunches of Promise: Study Shows Grape Compounds May Prevent Colorectal Cancer

A combination of grape seed extract (GSE) and the grape compound resveratrol suppresses colon cancer stem cells with efficacy similar to that of a chemopreventive drug, but without the latter’s adverse effects, according to Pennsylvania State University researchers. They believe their findings could open the door to novel therapies to prevent colorectal cancer.

Cholesterol, Statins and Colorectal Cancer: A Complex Relationship

New research that suggests high cholesterol is inversely related to colorectal cancer risk has implications for statin use.

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Injectable Electronic Meshes

A team of Harvard scientists has created 2-by-4-centimeter meshes of silicone nanowires that are so thin and flexible they can be placed in a saline solution, drawn up into a syringe and injected into a living host.

“The meshes rolled up like tiny scrolls...

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Small Molecules Pack a Big Punch in Colon Cancer Prevention

Promising research may lead to therapies that help prevent colitis-induced cases of colon cancer.

Problem with the Gut? Go with the Mind

A new study suggests that patient participation in brief psycho-educational classes may reduce the severity of symptoms in some patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).