Spider Venom May Hold Key to Treating IBS
An estimated 10 to 15 percent of Americans live with IBS, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. A diagnosis of exclusion, the syndrome can cause lower abdominal pain, bloating and changes in bowel habits.While some patients have mild symptoms that respond to over-the-counter medication, others experience significant pain and distress that greatly affect their quality of life. Brian Kirsh, MD, a gastroenterologist at Cleveland Clinic, has evaluated patients who have rated their IBS-associated pain as high as 10 on the Comparative Pain Scale....