A type of food poisoning could increase the risk for developing Crohn’s disease later in life.
People who have been infected by bacteria associated with food poisoning may be at a higher risk for developing Crohn’s disease later in life, a study suggests.
The research was was led by scientists at McMaster University, and published in the journal PLOS Pathogens. According to the authors, who used a mouse model to study the pathogens, acute infectious gastroenteritis caused by food-poisoning bacteria accelerates the growth of adherent-invasive E. coli, the bacterium associated wth Crohn’s disease.
During the study, mice were infected with food-poisoning bacteria. After the mice cleared the infection, researchers noted high levels of AIEC remained in the gut, resulting in worsened symptoms over time. Senior author Brian Coombes says the findings reaffirm the need to pursue more thorough treatments that target the disease at its source.
“The need to understand the root origins of this disease — and to use this information to invigorate a new pipeline of treatments and preventions — has never been more pressing,” Coombes said in a press release.
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