To date it’s been difficult for GPs to diagnose Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). That’s all about to change, thanks to Dr Mark Pimentel, a gastroenterologist at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles who has developed a test for IBS..

It has taken Dr Pimentel and his colleagues eight years to develop a blood test, which identifies the presence of specific antibodies (anti-Cdtb and anti-vinculin) that are elevated in people with IBS. The researchers analysed close to 3,000 people to establish the tests effectiveness and compared participants with IBS to those with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD. . .

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