Acid Reflux / GERD GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

Could the use of stomach acid drugs raise the risk of allergies?

New research has linked the use of prescription drugs for stomach acid to a higher likelihood of developing allergies afterward. New research finds a link between PPIs and the risk of allergies. Due to the study’s design, the results do not prove that gastric acid reducers — such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) — actually […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Nutrition / Diet

How diet quality affects the colon’s microbiome

New research has examined the effect of dietary quality on the composition of the colon’s microbiota. The study suggests that following a high quality diet may increase the number of beneficial bacteria, whereas following a low quality diet may raise that of harmful bacteria. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that half of our plates […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Hypertension

High blood pressure: Could gut bacteria play a role?

In this Spotlight feature, we investigate whether the bacteria that live in our guts could influence our blood pressure. If so, could they guide future treatment? Hypertension is growing in prevalence, but can we blame gut bacteria? Scientists are growing increasingly interested in the role of gut bacteria. Each week, journals publish many study papers […]