Researchers in Denmark report D. fragilis and Blastocystis prevalent in both IBS patients and healthy controls

Researchers in Denmark report that roughly 50% of healthy individuals were found to be parasitized with Blastocystis or D. fragilis.  D. fragilis was detected in 35% of healthy controls vs. 23% of IBS patients, while Blastocystis was found in 22% of controls vs. 15% of IBS patients.  Surprisingly, individuals who drank bottled water, had no animals in the house, or had a higher income were more likely to be infected with Blastocystis.  For more information, refer to the NIH Pubmed abstract.

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