Bacteria thought to protect gut may play role in Crohn’s

A study from the University of Aberdeen found Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, bacteria with anti-inflammatory properties thought to protect the gut, may play a role in the development of Crohn’s disease. The study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found children with Crohn’s had elevated levels of the microbe, and while researchers expressed surprise, they cautioned that more studies are needed. NetDoctor (U.K.) (12/11)