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  2. From substance to process: A meta-ethnographic review of how healthcare professionals and patients understand placebos and their effects in primary care. Health (London). 2018 Sep 21;:1363459318800169 Authors: Hardman DI, Geraghty AW, Lewith G, Lown M, Viecelli C, Bishop FL Abstract Research suggests that a 'placebo' can improve conditions common in primary care including pain, depression and irritable bowel syndrome. However, disagreement persists over the definition and clinical relevance of placebo treatments. We conducted a meta-ethnographic, mixed-research systematic review to explore how healthcare professionals and patients understand placebos and their effects in primary care. We conducted systematic literature searches of five databases - augmented by reference chaining, key author searches and expert opinion - related to views on placebos, placebo effects and placebo use in primary care. From a total of 34 eligible quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods articles reporting findings from 28 studies, 21 were related to healthcare professionals' views, 11 were related to patients' views and two were related to both groups. In the studies under review, healthcare professionals reported using placebos at markedly different frequencies. This was highly influenced by how placebos were defined in the studies. Both healthcare professionals and patients predominantly defined placebos as material substances such as 'inert' pills, despite this definition being inconsistent with current scientific thinking. However, healthcare professionals also, but less prevalently, defined placebos in a different way: as contextual processes. This better concurs with modern placebo definitions, which focus on context, ritual, meaning and enactivism. However, given the enduring ubiquity of substance definitions, for both healthcare professionals and patients, we question the practical, clinical validity of stretching the term 'placebo' towards its modern iteration. To produce 'placebo effects', therefore, primary healthcare professionals may be better off abandoning placebo terminology altogether. PMID: 30238795 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] View the full article
  3. Serum cholinesterase activity is elevated in female diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome patients compared to matched controls. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018 Sep 21;:e13464 Authors: Hod K, Sperber AD, Maharshak N, Ron Y, Shapira I, David Z, Rogowski O, Berliner S, Shenhar-Tsarfaty S, Dekel R Abstract BACKGROUND: Micro-inflammation is involved in the pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The parasympathetic nervous system, via acetylcholine (ACh), and its hydrolytic enzymes, plays a role in regulating inflammation. Increased serum cholinesterase activity, named cholinergic Status (CS), is associated with decreased inflammatory inhibition (ie, pro-inflammation). We assessed the association between IBS diarrhea-predominant (IBS-D) symptoms, CS, and inflammatory biomarkers. METHODS: Women with IBS-D were prospectively recruited. Serum acetylcholinesterase (AChE), CS, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels were analyzed and fecal calprotectin (FC) in a subgroup of patients. The control group included women attending routine health checkups (matched by age and BMI). KEY RESULTS: Ninety-four women with IBS-D were compared to matched controls (1:1). Serum CS, AChE, and the AChE/butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) ratios were significantly increased in the IBS-D group compared to matched controls (P = 0.018, P = 0.001, and P = 0.004, respectively). Using a multiple logistic regression model, IBS-D was almost twice as likely in women with high CS compared to women with low CS (adjusted OR=1.84 (95% CI: 1.01-3.33), P = 0.045). Furthermore, IBS-D patients with higher hs-CRP levels demonstrated lower CS and BChE activity and elevated AChE and AChE/BChE ratios compared to patients with lower hs-CRP levels (P = 0.026, P = 0.036, P = 0.002; and P = 0.0007, respectively). CS was not correlated with the IBS symptoms score. CONCLUSIONS AND INFERENCES: This is the first study to explore the potential role of serum CS in IBS-D. The findings emphasize the possible role of the autonomic nervous system and its anti-inflammatory properties in IBS. PMID: 30240124 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] View the full article
  4. Predictors of outcome in cognitive and behavioural interventions for irritable bowel syndrome. A meta-analysis. J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2018 Sep;27(3):257-263 Authors: Radu M, Moldovan R, Pintea S, Băban A, Dumitrascu D Abstract BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has small to medium effects in alleviating emotional distress and psychosomatic symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, the mechanism through which CBT exerts its effects is less studied. Mediation analysis examines the extent to which intermediate variables explain the effect of the intervention on outcomes. The meta-analysis aims to identify and assess the impact of CBT mediators identified in previous research on IBS. METHODS: An extensive search of studies investigating the effects of CBT for IBS published before January 2018 was conducted. A total of 699 studies were identified through database search and 6 studies including data from 638 patients were analysed. The selected studies had to clearly define the CBT intervention, include IBS patients, report sufficient data to allow calculation of effect sizes and provide a clear mediation analysis of one or several variables on the outcome. RESULTS: The total effect of CBT was significant for both categories of outcomes (i.e. IBS symptom severity and psychosocial distress), with a low-to-moderate effect on psychosocial distress (r=0.222) and a medium-to-large effect on IBS symptom severity (r=0.413). In fact, the total effect of CBT on IBS symptom severity is significantly higher than the total effect on psychosocial distress Q(1)= 5.06, p= 0.024. Both behaviours and emotions (r=0.158) as well as cognitions (r=0.141) generated significant mediated effects on psychosocial distress, with no significant differences between them (Q(1)= 0.05, p=0.825). Behaviours and emotions mediated 71.1% of the total effect of CBT on psychosocial distress and cognitions mediated 63.5% of the total effect. CONCLUSION: Although significant for both outcomes, the statistical analysis revealed CBT interventions have a greater effect on alleviating IBS symptoms severity rather than on reducing psychological distress. Of the mediators investigated, behaviours, emotions and cognitions seem to have a small to moderating effect in reducing IBS symptom and psychological distress. PMID: 30240469 [PubMed - in process] View the full article
  5. Clinical application of dietary therapies in irritable bowel syndrome. J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2018 Sep;27(3):307-316 Authors: Rej A, Avery A, Ford AC, Holdoway A, Kurien M, McKenzie Y, Thompson J, Trott N, Whelan K, Williams M, Sanders DS Abstract BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Diet appears to play a pivotal role in symptom generation in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). First line dietary therapy for IBS has focused on advice concerning healthy eating and lifestyle management. Research recently has focused on the role of a diet low in fermentable oligo-, di-, and mono-saccharides and polyols (FODMAPs), gluten free (GFD) and wheat free (WFD) diets for the relief of symptoms in IBS. METHODS: A round table discussion with gastroenterologists and dietitians with a specialist interest in dietary therapies in IBS was held in Sheffield, United Kingdom in May 2017. Existing literature was reviewed. PubMed and EMBASE were searched with the MeSH terms irritable bowel syndrome/diet/diet therapy/gluten/low FODMAP in different combinations to identify relevant articles. A consensus on the application of these dietary therapies into day-to-day practice was developed. RESULTS: Fourteen randomized trials in IBS evaluating the low FODMAP diet (n studies = 9), GFD (n = 4) and WFD (n = 1) were included in this review. The total number of patients recruited from randomized trials reviewed was: n=580 low FODMAP diet (female, n=430), n=203 GFD (female, n=139), n=276 WFD (female, n=215). There was no significant difference in the gender of patients recruited for both the low FODMAP and GFD randomized studies (p=0.12). The response rate in the literature to a low FODMAP diet ranged between 50-76%, and to GFD ranged between 34-71%. Percentage of IBS patients identified as wheat sensitive was reported as 30% in the literature. CONCLUSION: There are no head-to-head trials to date utilizing the low FODMAP diet, GFD and WFD for dietary treatment of IBS and still a number of concerns for diets, including nutritional inadequacy and alteration of the gut microbiota. The consensus suggests that there is evidence for the use of the low FODMAP diet, GFD and WFD as dietary therapies for IBS; the decision-making process for using each individual therapy should be directed by a detailed history by the dietitian, involving the patient in the process. PMID: 30240475 [PubMed - in process] View the full article
  6. Treatment of refractory mastocytic enterocolitis with budesonide. J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2018 Sep;27(3):327-329 Authors: Kuruvilla ME, Mathew S, Avadhani V Abstract Mast cells (MCs) are being increasingly implicated as a possible contributor to symptoms in diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The term "mastocytic enterocolitis" was proposed to describe an increase in mucosal MCs in patients with chronic diarrhea due to functional gastrointestinal disease (FGID). The efficacy of anti-MC mediator therapy (antihistamines and MC stabilizers) has been well documented in this setting. Here we describe the treatment with oral budesonide of mastocytic enterocolitis refractory to standard anti-MC therapy. PMID: 30240478 [PubMed - in process] View the full article
  7. Intending to Treat Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Gastroenterology. 2018 Sep 18;: Authors: Ford AC PMID: 30240662 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] View the full article
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  9. Related Articles Questionnaire on Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Symptom Management Among Endurance Athletes Is Valid and Reliable. Dig Dis Sci. 2018 Sep 19;: Authors: Killian LA, Chapman-Novakofski KM, Lee SY Abstract BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal symptoms are reported in a large proportion of endurance athletes, with similarities in symptom type and distribution to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). AIMS: The objective of this study was to develop and validate a questionnaire to assess IBS diagnoses or fit to IBS diagnostic criteria in this population along with nutritional habits, gastrointestinal symptoms, and symptom management strategies. METHODS: A 93-item Endurance Athlete Questionnaire was developed to address the objective, targeted at American endurance athletes completing a marathon, ultra-marathon, half-distance triathlon, and/or full-distance triathlon that year. Content validity was established by expert reviewers (n = 6), and face validity was evaluated by endurance athletes (n = 9). Test-retest reliability was assessed by target athletes (n = 51). Participants completed two rounds of the questionnaire, separated by 1-2 weeks. Results were analyzed using Pearson and Spearman correlations and paired comparisons. RESULTS: Slight modifications in wording and three demographic questions were added based on the input of expert and athlete reviews. Pearson correlation coefficient of test-retest total questionnaire scores was significant at 0.839 (P < 0.001). Paired comparison of individual questions found significant differences in 10 of 236 analyzed responses; however, these did not affect fit to IBS diagnostic criteria for those without other GI diseases/disorders. CONCLUSIONS: The Endurance Athlete Questionnaire proved to be a valid and reliable measure of IBS diagnostic criteria, gastrointestinal symptoms, nutritional habits, and symptom management strategies among endurance athletes. Future implementation will help inform gastroenterologists with endurance athlete patients and can elucidate whether certain behaviors could be contributing to athlete gastrointestinal symptoms. PMID: 30232638 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] View the full article
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    Related Articles Microbiota and Aging. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018;1086:141-156 Authors: Lu M, Wang Z Abstract The human gut microbiota is a huge ecosystem that provides lots of functions for host development, immune system, and metabolism. Gut microbiota is linked to lots of diseases, including human metabolic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes (T2D), irritable bowel syndrome, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Few studies, however, have noted the relationship between aging and microbiota; the connection between aging and microbiota remains largely to be researched. In this review, recent research findings are summarized on the role of gut microbiota in aging processes with emphasis on therapeutic potential of microbiome-targeted interventions in antiaging medicine. PMID: 30232757 [PubMed - in process] View the full article
  11. Related Articles Exercise therapy of patients with irritable bowel syndrome: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018 Sep 19;:e13461 Authors: Zhou C, Zhao E, Li Y, Jia Y, Li F Abstract BACKGROUND: As drug use has limitations in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), increasing attention is being paid to nondrug therapies and complementary treatments, especially exercise. It is known that bowel movements are more frequent and colon transit is more rapid in physically active individuals than in sedentary individuals. However, the effects of exercise on IBS are unclear. PURPOSE: We conducted a systematic review to assess the effects of exercise on IBS. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and two Chinese databases (Wanfang Database and Chinese Biomedical Literature [CBM]) for eligible studies. We extracted and pooled relevant information regarding the effects of exercise in patients with IBS. The primary outcomes were gastrointestinal symptoms, quality of life, depression, and anxiety. KEY RESULTS: A total of 683 patients with IBS from 14 randomized controlled trials met our inclusion criteria. The exercise interventions in this review were yoga, walking/aerobic physical activity, Tai Ji, mountaineering, and Baduanjin qigong activity. The results of this review suggested exercise had significant benefits for patients with IBS, but studies were limited by the strong risk of bias. CONCLUSIONS AND INFERENCES: Our findings suggest that exercise is potentially a feasible and effective treatment for IBS patients. However, because of methodologic issues, no firm conclusions could be drawn about the true effects of this intervention. Researchers should design a rigorous study to assess the effects of exercise on IBS. PMID: 30232834 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] View the full article
  12. Related Articles [Electroacupuncture Relieves Visceral Hypersensitivity by Down-regulating Mast Cell Number,PAR-2/TRPV 1 Signaling, etc. in Colonic Tissue of Rats with Irritable Bowel Syndrome]. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2018 Aug 25;43(8):485-91 Authors: Deng DX, Tan J, Zhang H, Huang GL, Li S, Guo KK, Wu YY, Yang BY, Xiao Y, Peng L, Xie H Abstract OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation of "Shangjuxu" (ST 37, Lower Confluent point) and "Tianshu" (ST 25, Front-Mu point) on visceral pain and expression of colonic tryptase(Try), proteinase-activated receptor 2(PAR-2),transient receptor potential channel vanilloid subfamily member 1 (TPRV 1),substance P (SP) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in rats with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), so as to explore its mechanisms underlying improvement of IBS. METHODS: Forty male Sprague Dawley rats were equally randomized into normal control (control), model, medication and EA groups (n=10 in each). The IBS model was established by chronic acute combining stress (CACS, water deprivation, fasting, tail clamping, forced swimming in ice water, restraint, etc.) for 21 days. Rats of the medication group were treated by gavage of Pinaverium Bromide (1 mg/mL, 15 mg/kg), once daily for 14 d. EA (10 Hz/50 Hz, 0.2-0.3 mA) was applied to bilateral ST 37 and ST 25 for 30 min, once daily for 14 d. The muscular withdrawal reflex (AWR) of both abdomen and buttock was detected by colorectal distension (CRD) with a water-filled balloon for examining the visceral hypersensitivity. The number of mast cells in the colonic tissue was counted after toluidine blue stain. The immunoactivity of colonic Try was determined by immunochemistry and the expression of colonic PAR-2, TRVP 1, SP and CGRP proteins detected by Western blot. RESULTS: After modeling, the body weight was significantly decreased in IBS rats of the model, medication and EA groups compared with their own individual pre-treatment and with the control group (P<0.01), and markedly higher in both medication and EA groups than in the model group (P<0.05, P<0.01). The intra-colonic volume thresholds for inducing abdominal and hip AWR were significantly lower in the model group than in the normal control group (P<0.01), and obviously higher in both medication and EA groups than in the model group (P<0.05,P<0.01). The AWR scores of intra-colorectal balloon at volumes of 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 mL of water were significantly higher in the model group than in the control group (P<0.01), and considerably lower in the EA and medication groups than in the model group (P<0.01). The number of colonic MC and the expression levels of colonic Try, PAR-2, TRPV 1, SP and CGRP proteins were significantly higher in the model group than in the control group (P<0.01), and obviously decreased in both medication and EA groups relevant to the model group (P<0.01). Comparison between the medication and EA groups showed that the decreased expression levels of colonic PAR-2, TRPV 1, SP and CGRP proteins were significantly lower in the EA group than in the medication group (P<0.05), but no significant differences were found between the two groups in intra-colonic volumes for inducing AWR, AWR scores, body weight, and colonic MC number and Try immunoactivity levels (P>0.05).. CONCLUSION: EA of ST 37 and ST 25 can relieve visceral hypersensitivity in IBS rats, which may be associated with its effects in down-regulating the number of MC and the expression of PAR-2, TRVP 1, SP, CGRP and Try proteins in the colonic tissue. PMID: 30232850 [PubMed - in process] View the full article
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  15. Related Articles Fatigue and its associated factors in microscopic colitis. Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2018;11:1756284818799599 Authors: Kane JS, Irvine AJ, Derwa Y, Ford AC Abstract Background: Fatigue is a well-recognized symptom in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and has been associated with psychological comorbidity and impaired quality of life in both. However, features associated with fatigue in patients with microscopic colitis (MC) are less clear. Materials and methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of patients with a new diagnosis of MC including levels of anxiety, depression, somatization, quality of life, and IBS-type symptoms. Levels and impact of fatigue were assessed using the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fatigue self-assessment scale. Mean scores were compared against various patient characteristics, and were also correlated with anxiety, depression, somatization, and quality-of-life scores. Results: In total, 129 patients with MC diagnosed between 2010 and 2015 returned completed postal questionnaires. Common histological subtypes were collagenous colitis (53.5%, n = 69) and lymphocytic colitis (38.8%, n = 50). Higher mean fatigue severity and impact scores were associated with the presence of irritable-bowel-syndrome-type symptoms, abnormal levels of anxiety and depression, and high levels of somatization (p < 0.0001 for all), but those reporting ongoing symptoms attributable to MC did not report significantly higher scores. There were significant positive correlations between total anxiety, depression, or somatization scores and fatigue severity and impact scores, and significant negative correlations with quality-of-life measures (p < 0.001 for all). Conclusions: Fatigue in MC appears to be associated with reporting IBS-type symptoms, psychological comorbidity and impaired quality of life. It may therefore represent an important target for treatment. PMID: 30228831 [PubMed] View the full article
  16. Altered intestinal antibacterial gene expression response profile in irritable bowel syndrome is linked to bacterial composition and immune activation. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018 Sep 17;:e13468 Authors: Bennet SMP, Sundin J, Magnusson MK, Strid H, Tap J, Derrien M, Le Nevé B, Doré J, Törnblom H, Simrén M, Öhman L Abstract BACKGROUND: Immune activity and gut microbiota may impact the pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We aimed to determine whether antibacterial gene expression of immune activity-defined IBS patients differed compared to healthy subjects (HS) and ulcerative colitis (UC) patients and whether antibacterial profiles reflected gut microbiota composition and IBS symptoms. METHODS: Expression of 84 antibacterial genes in biopsies from HS, IBS patients (clustered according to immune activity (systemic and intestinal cytokines): immunonormal or immunoactive), and UC patients was assessed by Human Antibacterial Response RT2 Profiler PCR Array. In IBS patients, 16S rRNA gene sequencing of fecal and mucosal bacteria was performed and symptom pattern and severity were assessed. KEY RESULTS: Intestinal antibacterial gene expression profiles differed between IBS patients (n = 31) and HS (n = 16), but did not differ between IBS subgroups based on bowel habit predominance or symptom severity. Based on previously identified IBS clusters, IBS patients with normal (n = 15) and enhanced immune activity (n = 16) had clearly separate antibacterial gene expression profiles from active UC patients (n = 12) and differed compared to each other and to HS. The differences in antibacterial gene expression profiles between immunonormal and immunoactive IBS patients were also reflected in distinct fecal and mucosal microbiota composition profiles, but not in symptom pattern or severity. CONCLUSIONS & INFERENCES: This study demonstrates an altered antibacterial gene expression profile in IBS patients compared to HS and UC patients. While not linked to symptoms, immune activity-defined IBS clusters showed different intestinal antibacterial gene expression and distinct fecal and mucosal bacterial profiles. PMID: 30230134 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] View the full article
  17. Sera with anti-enteric neuronal antibodies from patients with irritable bowel syndrome promote apoptosis in myenteric neurons of guinea pigs and human SH-Sy5Y cells. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018 Sep 17;:e13457 Authors: Fan W, Fei G, Li X, Wang X, Hu C, Xin H, Sun X, Li Y, Wood JD, Fang X Abstract BACKGROUND: Sera anti-enteric neuronal antibodies (AENA), neuronal inflammation, and degeneration in myenteric plexus in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were reported. Effects of sera AENA in patients with IBS are unclear. METHODS: Patients with IBS met Rome III criteria were enrolled. Controls included healthy subjects (HS) and patients with slow transit functional constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and autoimmune diseases. Indirect immunofluorescence was used to detect AENA. Anti-enteric neuronal antibodies intensities were termed as "1" = weak fluorescence (mild positive); "2" = moderate fluorescence (moderate positive); "3" = very high fluorescence (intensive positive). Intensities of ≥1 were defined as positive and ≥2 were defined as obvious positive. Cultured myenteric neurons of small intestine from guinea pigs and human SH-Sy5Y cells were incubated with fetal bovine serum (FBS), HS sera, or IBS sera with or without AENA. Indirect immunofluorescence with anti-PGP9.5/DAPI/anti-active caspase-3 or TUNEL, Western blot, and flow cytometry were used to detect apoptosis. KEY RESULTS: Overall, 293 patients with IBS were enrolled (41.7 ± 11.5 years). AENA-positive and obvious positive rates in IBS were higher than HS (76.8% vs 33%; 43.7% vs 7%; all P < 0.001). Myenteric neurons incubated with AENA moderate or intensive positive IBS sera showed higher rates of anti-active caspase-3 and TUNEL-positive cells than HS or FBS (20% ± 7.3% and 35% ± 13.3% vs 4.3% ± 1.5% and 0.9% ± 0.4%, respectively; 6.2% ± 2.0% and 10.2% ± 4.6% vs 1.3% ± 1.9% and 0.5%±0.5%, respectively; all P < 0.05). Human SH-Sy5Y cells incubated with AENA moderate or intensive positive IBS sera showed increased cleaved caspase-3 and Bax expression and decreased Bcl-2 expression. Flow cytometry showed apoptosis rates of these two groups were higher than that of AENA mild positive, negative, HS, and FBS (7.6%±0.8% and 10.7%±1.3% vs 5.0%±0.8%, 3.8%±0.3%, 3.4%±0.2% and, 2.8%±0.2%, P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS AND INFERENCES: The AENA obvious positive rate in patients with IBS was higher than HS, and sera with higher levels of AENA promoted neuronal apoptosis. AENA-mediated neuropathy might exist in a subset of patients with IBS. PMID: 30230140 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] View the full article
  18. NEWS FLASH: Two new studies have found that taking probiotic supplements, particularly after a course of antibiotics, may actually prevent your original microbiome from returning to its original, healthy state. Read more here: http://ow.ly/ymfa30lLEaR (RSS generated with FetchRss) View the full article
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  21. What Causes IBS? There's A Specific Reason So Many UK Women Are Suffering, According To Science Bustle Full coverage View the full article
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  24. Related Articles High Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency among Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflamm Intest Dis. 2018 Jul;2(4):200-210 Authors: Caviezel D, Maissen S, Niess JH, Kiss C, Hruz P Abstract Background: Vitamin D is a hormone with immunomodulatory properties. Vitamin D deficiency has been reported for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In this cross-sectional study, 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25-OH-D3) levels in patients with IBD were compared to those in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Methods: A total of 181 patients, 156 with IBD and 25 with IBS, were included. The influence of disease activity, inflammatory markers, physical activity, and season were assessed. Results: A total of 58.6$ (n = 58) of the patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and 44.6$ (n = 25) of the patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) had a 25-OH-D3 level < 50 nmol/L. CD patients showed significantly decreased 25-OH-D3 levels compared to the IBS patients (p = 0.018), but no significant difference was found for UC patients. In a linear regression model adjusted for age, gender, and BMI, a significant inverse association of C-reactive protein (CRP) (p = 0.031) and faecal calprotectin (FC) (p = 0.025) with 25-OH-D3 levels was observed for CD patients. Seasonal variation in 25-OH-D3 levels was found in CD patients, with significantly lower values in spring than in summer (p = 0.04). Conclusion: Vitamin D deficiency was common in all IBD patients, but more pronounced in CD patients, in whom it also showed a significant inverse association with inflammatory markers such as CRP and FC. PMID: 30221147 [PubMed] View the full article
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  28. Probiotics: Can they help treat symptoms of bowel problems, IBS and constipation? Express.co.uk Full coverage View the full article
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