A pilot study by researchers at Mayo Clinic has found that patients suffering from pain related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may benefit from taking pregabalin, a neuro-pain inhibitor commonly used to treat fibromyalgia.
Even after a year on a gluten-free diet, with celiac disease continue to have intestinal abnormalities (enteropathy) on repeat biopsies, reports a study.
Idiopathic pancreatitis is often caused by small gallstones that are difficult to observe prior to surgery, shows a study from the University of Eastern Finland. Small gallstones were found in surgery from two out of three idiopathic pancreatitis patients. The study also showed that acute pancreatitis was more common in statin users than non-users.
Researchers from the University of Sheffield discovered a significant association between a patient’s vitamin D levels and the severity of their IBS symptoms, particularly the extent to which IBS affects their quality of life.
IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects 7 – 16 percent of the U.S. population, adding somewhere between $950 million to $1.35 billion annually to the nation’s healthcare bill.