Irritable Bowel Syndrome News & Features
- Scientists Identify Viruses as New Weapons to Fight IBD
August 9, 2022 — Taking notes from blockbusters such as Outbreak and World War Z, viruses are typically seen as harmful agents to be wary of. But scientists have found they may be the key to helping the millions of people living with inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD.
- Tips for Dressing if You Have IBS
September 3, 2021 — Learn how to dress if you have IBS, including clothing styles and materials.
- Vitamin D Won't Help Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome
August 5, 2021 — Previous research has suggested a link between low vitamin D levels and IBS. But new research suggests taking vitamin D supplements won't improve painful symptoms of IBS.
- Lockdowns Improved Symptoms for People With IBS
May 24, 2021 — A new report finds people with IBS had milder symptoms during the COVID-19 lockdown, possibly due to reduced stress levels and more control over their diet.
- Fecal Transplants Benefit IBS Patients: Study
October 21, 2019 — Fecal transplants -- in which stool from a donor is processed and then transplanted into a patient's gut -- are meant to repopulate the gut with a healthier range of microorganisms, NBC News reported.
- Managing Your Chronic Constipation
May 7, 2019 — Long-term constipation can make you want to put your life on hold. Learn how to manage your symptoms so you can get through your day.
- Your Tummy Rumblings Might Help Diagnose Bowel Disorder
June 5, 2018 — Doctors are often forced to use either time-consuming or unreliable questionnaires that look for symptoms, or invasive colonoscopies. IBS symptoms can include stomach pain, bloating, and diarrhea and/or constipation.
- How to talk about your IBS with diarrhoea
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- Get Relief From IBS
February 29, 2016 — Here's how you can find relief from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- IBS-D Travel Tips
February 10, 2016 — Tips on traveling with your IBS-D.
- How to Talk About Your IBS-D
February 10, 2016 — Not sure how to talk to your friends and family about your IBS-D? These pointers can get you started.
- Stress, Anxiety, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
January 28, 2016 — Stress and anxiety can trigger symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Learn more from WebMD about the role emotions may play in IBS.TK
- New IBS Drug Eases Stomach Pain, Diarrhea for Some
January 20, 2016 — But Viberzi is not a 'silver bullet,' digestive-disease doctor says
- Psych Therapy May Benefit Irritable Bowel Patients
January 6, 2016 — Treatments might help ease gastrointestinal symptoms for at least six months, study finds
- IBS Linked to Low Vitamin D
December 22, 2015 — About 8 in 10 people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) also have low vitamin D levels, according to a small British study.
- IBS During Pregnancy: What to Expect
December 18, 2015 — Irritable bowel syndrome can get worse when you’re a mom-to-be. Here’s how to manage your symptoms during those 9 months.
- Help for IBS: Medications, Diet, and More
December 18, 2015 — Your best bet for IBS may involve a special diet, medicine, supplements, stress relief, and alternative treatments, or all of the above.
- Fibromyalgia and IBS: What’s the Connection?
December 15, 2015 — If you have fibromyalgia, you’re likely to have IBS, too. Find out how they are connected and what you can do to manage the symptoms.
- Food Allergies Tied to Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
November 12, 2015 — Food allergies and genes that raise your odds of getting allergic diseases might play roles in some people's irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), two new studies suggest.
- Tips to Ease Your Fear of Pooping in Public Places
August 18, 2015 — Worried you’ll have an urgent need to hit the restroom when you’re away from home? Here’s how to be prepared.
- Cutting Certain Carbs Might Not Ease IBS
August 7, 2015 — Research finds little evidence to support elimination diet's use
- 9 IBS Myths, Debunked
August 3, 2015 — Do you know the truth about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- New Meds OK’d for Hard-to-Treat IBS With Diarrhea
May 28, 2015 — The FDA has approved two new prescription medications to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, or IBS-D. It’s the latest step in a years-long struggle to find safe and effective treatments for the condition.
- IBS, Chronic Constipation: New Guidelines Issued
August 7, 2014 — New guidelines offer some new approaches to treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic constipation (CC).
- 8 Social-Life Tips for IBS-D
August 21, 2013 — Is IBS-D limiting your social life? Here are eight tips that can help get you back out there.
- New IBS Drug Linzess Approved
August 30, 2012 — The FDA today approved Linzess, a new kind of drug that relieves constipation and pain for some adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Experimental Drug May Treat Chronic Constipation
August 10, 2011 — Two studies show that a new kind of experimental medication relieves the pain and bloating of persistent constipation better than a placebo.
- Mindfulness Meditation May Cut IBS Symptoms
May 10, 2011 — People who practice the meditative technique called mindfulness meditation may be able to reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a new study shows.
- 2 Weeks of Antibiotic Therapy Relieves IBS
January 5, 2011 — A two-week course of the antibiotic rifaximin (Xifaxan) helps to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and the relief lasts up to 10 weeks after stopping the medication, according to new research.
- Secrecy May Be Unnecessary for Placebo Effect
December 21, 2010 — Patients with irritable bowel syndrome felt better after knowingly taking a placebo, suggesting that the secrecy of giving patients “dummy pills” may not be necessary, Harvard researchers report.
- Probiotic Helps Children's Stomach Pain
November 15, 2010 — A common probiotic may help ease tummy troubles for children with chronic stomach pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the Brain
July 23, 2010 — Study: The brains of women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are thin in areas that control hypervigilance, emotion, and pain.
- St. John's Wort May Not Help IBS
January 7, 2010 — The herbal supplement St. John's wort is unlikely to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a new study.
- Living with IBS: One Young Woman's Story
December 23, 2009 — Irritable bowel syndrome is a painful, scary, and sometimes embarrassing condition. Here's how one young woman has learned to cope.
- Supplements for IBS: What Works?
November 2, 2009 — Experts discuss fiber, probiotics, prebiotics, and more for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- IBS Relief From Soluble Fiber
August 28, 2009 — Over half of irritable bowel syndrome patients in a clinical trial said psyllium, a soluble fiber, relieved their abdominal pain or discomfort. Bran did not help.
- IBS: What It's Like
August 20, 2009 — People with IBS suffer pain and greatly reduced quality of life -- but what hurts most is when family, friends, and doctors don't think their suffering is legitimate.
- New IBS Guidelines Offer Treatment Ideas
December 19, 2008 — New guidelines have been issued by the nation's gastroenterologists that are aimed at easing the abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which afflicts millions of Americans.
- Top 10 Videos of 2008: Readers' Choice
December 10, 2008 — A list of WebMD's 10 most viewed videos of 2008.
- Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Treat IBS
November 13, 2008 — Largely overlooked, older remedies like peppermint oil and fiber are effective treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a review of the research shows.
- FDA OKs Constipation Drug for IBS
April 30, 2008 — The FDA has approved the use of the constipation drug Amitiza to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women aged 18 and older.
- IBS Drug Zelnorm OK'd for Some
July 27, 2007 — The FDA will let the suspended drug Zelnorm to be taken by some women with irritable bowel syndrome or chronic constipation.
- IBS Drug Zelnorm Taken Off U.S. Market
March 30, 2007 — The FDA announced that the irritable bowel syndrome drug Zelnorm is being voluntarily taken off the market because of possible cardiovascular risks.
- Anxiety During Illness May Trigger IBS
February 26, 2007 — People who are overly anxious or refuse to slow down during a bout of food poisoning or other infection-related gastrointestinal illness may be prone to developing irritable bowel syndrome, according to a new study.
- Antibiotic May Aid Irritable Bowel
October 16, 2006 — Ten days' treatment with the antibiotic Xifaxan reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a small clinical trial suggests.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Herbal Help?
January 25, 2006 — Some traditional Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian herbal medicines may improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, researchers report.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Many False Fears
October 31, 2005 — New research shows that many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) mistakenly think that IBS can lead to digestive diseases including colon cancer.
- Exercise Cuts Irritable Bowel, Other Gut Woes
October 3, 2005 — Obese people have fewer symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and less gut pain if they exercise, researchers report.
- Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Linked to Foods?
July 14, 2005 — Researchers provide new insight into possible links between irritable bowel syndrome and sensitivity to foods.