Hunt for IBS biomarker narrows

Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) from faecal samples could be used as a diagnostic biomarker to differentiate healthy people from those with IBS, Norwegian researchers suggest.

Their small study recruited 50 people with and without IBS and analysed faecal samples for acetic, propionic, butyric, isobutyric, valeric and isovaleric acid.

The researchers found statistically significant