Irritable Bowel Syndrome News
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome Takes Big Toll on Mental Health
March 1, 2023 — Reviewing data from more than 1.2 million IBS patients, more than 38% of these patients had anxiety and more than 27% had depression.
- Digital Tools Could Help Patients With IBS
February 28, 2023 — Several digital tools — available as smartphone apps or web-based platforms — could help patients with irritable bowel syndrome, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
- Gut Microbiome May Play Role in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
January 20, 2023 — Researchers believe they have found a link between lower bacterial diversity in the intestine's microbiome and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Virtual Yoga Program Could Improve IBS Symptoms
December 5, 2022 — A virtual yoga program could help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) improve their symptoms, fatigue, and stress, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
- TikTok Influencers Missing Facts in Popular Health Videos
November 4, 2022 — The hashtag #IBS has already pulled 1.6 billion views, drawing researchers' attention to the power of social media to spread health information. But it's only a good idea when the material is correct.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cutting Certain Carbs Might Not Ease IBS
August 7, 2015 — Research finds little evidence to support elimination diet's use
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Constipation Myths Debunked
January 4, 2005 — Four doctors from Germany, England, Italy, and the U.S. pooled their knowledge to see what does -- and doesn't -- make a difference in constipation.
- Stress Therapy Can Help Irritable Bowel
September 13, 2004 — For people with irritable bowel syndrome, emotional state and energy level -- not just bowel problems -- need a doctor's attention, a new study shows.
- Zelnorm Approved for Chronic Constipation
August 24, 2004 — The FDA has approved a new use for the drug Zelnorm in treating chronic constipation in men and women under the age of 65.
- Advisors Recommend Zelnorm for Constipation
July 15, 2004 — An expert panel has backed expanded use of the anticonstipation drug Zelnorm. But they're calling for far tighter restrictions than its manufacturer had requested.
- Paxil May Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome
May 10, 2004 — The antidepressant drug Paxil may help some people with irritable bowel syndrome feel better.
- FDA Issues Warning About IBS Drug Zelnorm
April 28, 2004 — The FDA today issued a warning associated with the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) drug Zelnorm.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome Runs in Family
December 18, 2003 — Irritable bowel syndrome runs in families, a telephone survey indicates.
- Combo Treatment Best for IBS
November 3, 2003 — Combining psychotherapy with traditional medicine may accelerate treatment of IBS and lead to better results.
- Hypnosis May Be Useful IBS Treatment
October 21, 2003 — A new study shows hypnosis may be an effective, long-term therapy for the poorly understood and hard-to-treat gastrointestinal disorder known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Many Patients Have Dual Gastric Woes
October 14, 2003 — Nearly three-fourths of people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome also have indigestion.
- Zelnorm Deemed Safe for IBS Constipation
October 29, 2002 — The FDA has approved the drug Zelnorm as a treatment for the constipation form of IBS, but some doctors say the drug is not proved to be safe.
- Return of the Controversial Bowel Drug
June 7, 2002 — Pulled After Deaths, Lotronex Is Back -- With Strict Limits on Use
- Irritable Bowel Drug May Come Back
April 23, 2002 — FDA Panel Advises Limited Use of Lotronex