March 31, 2010

IBS patients’ families more prone to symptoms too


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) does seem to run in families, a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers shows…People with IBS were three times as likely as people without the condition to have a relative who also had the disorder, Dr. Yuri A. Saito of the clinic's Miles and Shirley Fiterman Center for Digestive Disease in Rochester, Minnesota, and her colleagues found…


Saito said she hopes the findings will kick-start a hunt for genes that might be involved in IBS; right now, she noted, none have been discovered. Environmental factors shared within families could also be a factor too, the researcher pointed out; for example, people who have been abused are at increased risk.


Reuters, by Anne Harding, 3/30/2010

Tags: Dr. Yuri A. Saito, GI, IBS

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