Welcome to the January research round-up, where we bring you the latest insights in gut health. Stay current and informed with our summaries of three key studies — read the highlights or dive deeper into the cutting-edge developments shaping your field.
The latest DGBI and diet review
A recent narrative review in Nutrients explored the literature around major disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBI), including IBS, functional dyspepsia (FD), and diarrhea, and their pathophysiological relationship with diet. Noteworthy findings include the impact of the low FODMAP diet on IBS, the role of TRPV1 receptors in FD, and the correlation between energy intake and symptom severity. This review underscores the substantial link between food intake and DGBI symptoms, providing valuable insights for therapeutic interventions.
Brain boosts hypnotizability
Stanford researchers found a groundbreaking way to temporarily boost hypnotizability with brief brain stimulation. In a study on fibromyalgia patients, neurostimulation significantly increased hypnotizability for about an hour. This breakthrough may extend to other traits, promising enhanced psychotherapy responses, particularly in chronic pain management.
Revitalizing GI mental health access
A 2023 study showcased the successful redesign of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Gastroenterology Behavioral Health Program, significantly improving patient access and support for mental health related to GI conditions. The results demonstrated a notable increase in patient access without compromising care quality, offering valuable insights for similar programs seeking improvement.