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Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unraveling the Code

Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner – Some common medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), fibromyalgia, and migraine headaches may be stress-related. Understanding of the mind and body's responses called upon during stress may provide insight on the underlying cause of IBS and open the door to new and more effective treatment. "Stress" is a term doctors use to describe normal responses in the body that are needed for health and survival. Our bodies regularly respond to the constant flow of changes that happen around and within us. CRF is the brain's "stress hormone." When stimulated, it interacts with many systems within the body. These interactions include those between the brain and the digestive tract. They effect whether or not we feel discomfort or pain, and the way our bowels move. In some people, the stress response is overactive. When the stress response is out of balance, unwanted symptoms can result.


Topics: Brain-Gut, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Research, Stress

About the Author

  • Yvette Tache, PhD

    Professor, Department of Medicine - Division of Digestive Diseases, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Director, Digestive Diseases Research Center; Director, Animal Core; Head, UCLA/CURE Brain Gut Research Group, Los Angeles, CA

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