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Bacteria May Benefit Bowel-Disease Sufferers

A kind of bacteria in the intestine is associated with the development of immune cells, a new study shows. This finding could lead to new treatments for IBS and related illnesses. According to scientists at New York University, the bacteria, called cytophaga-flavobacter-bateroidetes (CFB) bacteria and are linked to the production of special immune cells in mice that act as a communication bridge between the immune system and body tissues. Dr. Dan Littman indicates that the kind of bacteria in the digestive tract appears to be more important then the amount of bacteria. This link between bacteria and immune system response is a promising path for treatment of IBS. HealthDay, October 23, 2008
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