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Letters Bran and irritable bowels

Bran’s deleterious effects: much ado about nothing

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3956
  1. Alexander C Ford, lecturer in medicine1,
  2. Paul Moayyedi, professor of gastroenterology2
  1. 1Department of Academic Medicine, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF
  2. 2Gastroenterology Division, McMaster University, Health Sciences Centre, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 3Z5
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    Bijkerk and colleagues’ randomised controlled trial of soluble and insoluble fibre supplementation in irritable bowel syndrome is the first to be conducted entirely in primary care.1

    In a systematic review and meta-analysis of trials in specialist settings, our group reported a beneficial effect of soluble fibre in the form of psyllium …

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