Scientists may have discovered a treatment that could alleviate the debilitating symptoms of the so-called Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease where the bowels can become blocked by connective tissue that has been scarred and thickened. This is called fibrosis. Because of this, a lot of Crohn’s disease sufferers have to have multiple surgeries to remove the damaged tissue in order for digestion to occur naturally.
Researchers have found a particular type of mutation in mice that were infected with a type of salmonella: the mutation prevented them form developing fibrosis.
A hormone receptor that is responsible for stimulating part of the body’s immune response was switched off by the mutation.
Fibrosis is a natural process of aging but with this new found “treatment”, it could be reversed, thereby giving those struggling with the disease, some much needed relief.