Michigan Medicine researchers discover how bad bacteria overtake the gut microbiome in Crohn’s disease.

What if you had to plan your outings based on how your stomach felt that day or where the nearest restroom is located? For many people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), their guts have an inordinate effect on their daily quality of life.

One of the most common forms of IBD, called Crohn’s disease, is characterized by inflammation within the digestive tract and can lead to severe diarrhea, pain and weight loss. What causes IBD is still a mystery, but scientists now know that the gut microbiome, composed of the trillions of bacteria that make their home inside the intestines, are key players.

 

Intestines with Gut Bacteria on Blackboard

iStock

Read more…