UNC Health Talk

Category: Digestive Health

Light beam highlighting throat/esophagus

November 15, 2017

Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM): A Less Invasive Achalasia Treatment

UNC center one of few in region to specialize in peroral endoscopic myotomy, or POEM, to treat esophageal disorder

Gastroenterology

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Electron microscopy of large

March 23, 2017

The Mechanism of Mucus: UNC discovery could lead to better cystic f...

University of North Carolina scientists found that mucin proteins, which make mucus thick and sticky, fail to unfold properly in the airways of people with cystic fibrosis. And they found the lack of water in the lung can trigger the misfolding mucins.

Gastroenterology, Genetics, Research

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An illustration of bacteria in a person's digestive tract.

March 13, 2017

‘Good’ bacteria is possible solution for unchecked infl...

In a study published in journal Nature Immunology, researchers led by UNC Lineberger member Jenny P.Y. Ting, PhD, describe how inflammation can go unchecked in the absence of a certain inflammation inhibitor called NLRP12. In a harmful feedback loop, this inflammation can upset the balance of bacteria living in the gut. Beneficial bacterial may be the key to reversing inflammation in the absence of this key regulator.

Gastroenterology, Research

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Andrea Azcarate-Peril

January 13, 2017

Are prebiotics the answer for lactose intolerance?

New research led by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and NC State University demonstrates the effectiveness of using prebiotics to change the composition of the gut microbiome of those suffering from lactose intolerance.

Gastroenterology, Research

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Illustration of the digestive system with gears making it work.

June 24, 2016

UNC researchers help create key diagnostic measures for gastrointes...

UNC School of Medicine faculty members took on critical roles in amending diagnostic criteria questionnaires for functional GI disorders, which affect millions of people worldwide.

Gastroenterology, Research

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Scott Vu (courtesy of NC State)

December 14, 2015

The Power of Proteins

Biomedical engineering student Scott Vu creates a new tool that prompts bacteria to make proteins for various biotech industrial uses.

Gastroenterology, Studies

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Ian Carroll

October 5, 2015

Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa

Studying the ‘gut-brain axis,’ UNC researchers find evidence of an association between the gut microbiota and the eating disorder.

Eating Disorders, Gastroenterology, Studies

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