Gastrointestinal Infections

The bacteria in your gut can be one of your strongest allies in getting healthy...or it can be one of your worst enemies - Denise Grady

Gastrointestinal Infections

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The Long-Term Trauma of Gastrointestinal Infection

Most of us have experienced at one time or another that rumble in the gastrointestinal jungle. The symptoms are well-known: gas, pain, diarrhea and an overall wish to hide until the scourge subsides. Most gut infections are short-lived and tend to resolve on their own allowing us to continue our normal lives. But there is a darker side to these maladies manifesting at the microbial level. Though we may not feel these consequences in the short term, research has shown there may be more difficult times down the road.

The first investigations into the long term effects of an intestinal infection were conducted back in the 1960s. Using mice as a model, a pathogenic form of E. coli was…

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