A new study suggests that gut bacteria could be a way to fight Crohn’s disease.
Ottawa researchers are hopeful the results of a new study into the dynamics of human gut bacteria could potentially lead to more successful treatments for patients with Crohn’s disease.
The study, which appeared Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that Crohn’s disease — a painful inflammatory disease of the bowel — could be linked to the bacterial ecosystem found in the gut.
“That’s what we’ve found, that it’s this massive interaction happening,” said David Mack, director of the inflammatory bowel disease centre at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and one of the study’s co-authors, on CBC Radio’s All In A Day.
“To think it’s [caused by] a single bacteria, that’s been sort of tossed around for decades and has never really panned out. But I think looking at the community of bacteria, and what they do, interacting with the patients, is the key thing.”
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