Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News Article: Immune system compensates for 'leaky gut'

Article Summary: A recent news article reports that university scientists discovered that a defect in the intestine causes it to break down due to bacteria or stress. A normal immune system would help heal the damage but the defect causes a 'leaky' barrier in the intestine and as a result the individual is more susceptible to developing IBD. How this can be connected to a treatment or cure remains to be seen.

The article:

Immune system compensates for 'leaky gut' in inflammatory bowel disease susceptibility

New research could clarify how inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), conditions that include ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, are triggered and develop. 

Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have shown how the immune system can compensate for a "leaky gut" and prevent disease in mice that are susceptible to intestinal inflammation. These findings could explain why some individuals who are susceptible to developing IBD do or do not get the disease.

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