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Understanding our 'second brain' could help treat IBS  Medical News Today

  • Glial cells modulate the communication between neurons in the brain and play an active role in specific brain circuits.
  • These cells perform a similar role in the enteric nervous system, which regulates how food travels through the gut.
  • Until now, scientists did not know whether these glial cells belonged to specific circuits in the enteric nervous system of the gut or whether they played a more general role.
  • A new study reports that glial cells do belong to specific circuits, interacting with particular neurons to produce a defined functional outcome.
  • The results may ultimately lead to the development of treatments for conditions that affect the gut, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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