By Cara Murez 

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Researchers believe they have found a link between lower bacterial diversity in the intestine’s microbiome and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Normally, “more than 10,000 species of microorganism live in the human intestine,” noted study co-author Dr. Jung Ok Shim, a professor of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Korea University College of Medicine in Seoul.

To study this, the investigators combined their own dataset with nine other published datasets, involving a total of 576 IBS patients and 487 healthy “control” patients.

What did they find? The gut bacteria was less diverse in IBS…


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