2008-01-17 Altered brain response seen with irritable bowel


(Reuters Health) - New research suggests that women with irritable bowel syndrome have a different brain response to anticipated pain compared with other women.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), sometimes referred to as spastic colon, is a common problem often related to stress that can cause abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, among other symptoms. The syndrome is considered a functional disorder of the intestinal tract in that causes no apparent physical damage. Although the problem rarely has serious physiologic consequences, it can markedly impair quality of life.(Read entire article)

2008-01-12 Brain Response Differences In The Way Women With IBS Anticipate And React To Pain


UCLA researchers found that women with IBS cannot effectively turn-off a pain modulation mechanism in the brain, which causes them to be more sensitive to abdominal pain, compared to women without IBS.

The findings may lead to a greater understanding of irritable bowel syndrome and new treatment approaches.

Irritable bowel syndrome affects 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population and causes discomfort in the abdomen, along with diarrhea and/or constipation. Currently there is no cure and treatments only lessen symptoms. (Read entire article)