What's new this month in BMJ JournalsBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.880 (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:880
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IgG guided food elimination can relieve irritable bowel
Patients with irritable bowel syndrome were tested for immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies to 29 food antigens and then randomly assigned to a test or sham diet. Investigators and patients were blinded; symptoms were reassessed after 12 weeks. Participants who excluded foods identified by the ELISA test for IgG were more likely to improve—the number needed to treat was 2.5. A previous study had found a number needed to treat of 17 for three months' treatment with tegaserod.
Sulphur may exacerbate ulcerative colitis
A high intake of sulphur and sulphate was associated with relapse in 183 patients with ulcerative colitis who were followed prospectively for 12 months. Comparison of the diets of the 96 who relapsed and the …