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Hi Blair.
How SIBO relates to IBS has not been established yet, despite press releases like this one.That last study didn't show any specatcular results really, bloating improved somewhat but Pain d and c and d/c did not majorally improve. The placbo group did almost as well. Other centers have not been able to replicate the results and this is an area with a lot of controversy surrounding it, so its very important to actually read all of the information about it all. There is an excellent new article on IBS and bacteria that actually helps explain the above and where sibo and IBS is at at this stage, as well as the role of bacteria causing post infectious IBS and in what the reaserchers have found out so far with gut flora in general. There is also an excellent editorial from drossman in the same issue the study was published in.I am looking to see if I can get it posted online."Gut Bacteria and Irritable Bowel Syndrome By: Eamonn, M. M. Quigley M.D., Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Cork, IrelandBacteria are present in the normal gut (intestines) and in large numbers the lower parts of the intestine. These "normal" bacteria have important functions in life. A variety of factors may disturb the mutually beneficial relationship between the flora and its host, and disease may result. The possibility that gut bacteria could have a role in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may surprise some; there is indeed, now quite substantial evidence to support the idea that disturbances in the bacteria that populate the intestine may have a role in at least some patients with IBS. This article presents a discussion of the possible role of bacteria in IBS and various treatment approaches." is in the same "digest" as well and is excellent.Post-infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Sub-Type of Irritable Bowel SyndromeBy: Robin Spiller, M.D., Professor of Gastroenterology, Wolfson Digestive Diseases Centre, University Hospital, Nottingham, UKIrritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Within this large group of people, there is a small subgroup whose symptoms begin suddenly. It happens after what appears to be a bout of infection in the GI tract (gastroenteritis). How often do persons who suffer bacterial gastroenteritis develop IBS? Who gets post-infectious IBS and what causes the disorder? How is it treated? A review of the topic is presented." believe you can call them or email them for a copy of this publication.This is also in this issue.Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unraveling the Code"Dr. Taché was the recipient of the IFFGD 2005 Research Award to Senior Investigator, Basic Science. Her early publications put the "brain-gut axis" on the map. Since then, she has been one of the pioneers in this field. In many ways, it has been her energy and enthusiasm that has ensured the continued vibrancy of the field. Her identification of the role of corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) signaling pathways in stress-related alterations of gut motor function and visceral pain are of major and lasting importance. "
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