Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gut-brain disorder that can cause a variety of uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms including abdominal pain and diarrhea, constipation, or a mix of the two. IBS can reduce quality of life, often results in missed school or work, and can have a substantial economic impact. Physicians diagnose IBS by identifying…

Researchers at Princeton University have developed a systematic approach for evaluating how the microbial community in our intestines can chemically transform, or metabolize, oral medications in ways that impact their safety and efficacy. The new methodology provides a more complete picture of how gut bacteria metabolize drugs, and could aid the development of medications that are more effective,…

At any given time, more than a third of Sweds are on a specific diet, with weight loss as a leading reason. Most are going to be disappointed, because even when successful, lost weight is frequently regained within a few months. While most weight-loss diets can help you lose weight, they may be unsuccessful over…

Are cholesterol-lowering statins for everyone? New guidelines are still controversial for older adults who don’t appear to have heart disease. The debate is still raging over last November’s guidelines that changed who should take statins, the drugs that help lower cholesterol. For seemingly healthy adults, the guidelines take the focus off LDL or “bad” cholesterol…

Vegetarisk kost kopplad till lägre risk för stroke

Eating a vegetarian diet may lower your risk of stroke, according to a study in the March 17 issue of Neurology. The study included two groups of people from Buddhist communities in Taiwan, where vegetarian diets are encouraged. About 30% of the more than 130,000 participants were vegetarian, meaning they didn’t eat any meat or…

quinoa

Quinoa Although quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is officially classified as a seed, most people think of it as a whole grain. Quinoa is usually boiled and eaten as a side dish or added to salads or soups. The small seeds come in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, red, and black. Native to South America,…

Sockers inte så söta effekter på hjärtat

A sugary diet contributes to weight gain and other factors that boost heart disease risk. Learn healthier ways to satisfy a sweet tooth. A treat refers to something that’s out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure. Your favorite dessert, perhaps? But given the growing evidence of sugar’s damaging effects on health, you may be…