Study links higher antibiotic use to increased IBD risk

09/28/2011 | Reuters

Taking large numbers of antibiotics changes gut flora and raises the risk of inflammatory bowel disease, University of Manitoba researchers said. The study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology included 24,000 people from a large North American IBD database and found 12% of people with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease had taken three or more antibiotics over a two-year period, compared with 7% of people who did not have IBD.

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