Expert Alert - Irritable Bowel Syndrome: I feel it in my gut

         CIHR experts discuss this poorly understood disease in light
                 of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

    OTTAWA, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - While more than six per cent of Canadians
suffer from this troublesome disease - characterized by on-going abdominal
pain, discomfort, bloating, and severe bouts of either diarrhoea or
constipation - most Canadians, including many physicians, know little about
    New Canadian research is exploring the causes of this disease, including
bacterial infections from food or water poisoning, which lead to a chronic
low-level infection that in turn results in IBS symptoms. The research is also
providing some hope for potential cures, including the use of probiotics and
treatments to reduce stress levels.


    The following CIHR-funded researchers are available to talk about IBS:

    How pathogenic bacteria act to survive and thrive in the gut and how
    certain treatments, like probiotic yogurt can thwart them
    Dr. Philip Sherman, Scientific Director, CIHR-Institute of Nutrition,
    Metabolism, and Diabetes (Toronto)

    How food or water poisoning, can trigger chronic IBS, and on the
    potential of probiotics to treat it.
    Dr. Stephen Collins, McMaster University (Hamilton)

    The role of sex hormones in women suffering from IBS pain.
    Dr. Serge Marchand, Sherbrooke University

    How gut talks and listens to the brain and spinal cord - and how the gut
    uses cannabinoids (chemicals related to the active ingredient in
    marijuana) to control its movements and sensations - including pain.
    Dr. Keith Sharkey, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary

    How food and stress interact as triggers to exacerbate IBS, and how low
    levels of inflammation may persist and contribute to IBS symptoms even
    though the bowel appears to be normal.
    Dr. Stephen Vanner, Queen's University. (Kingston)

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more
effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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