Study probes antibiotic link to IBS

People taking antibiotics for non-enteric infections are at an increased risk of a later incident functional GI disorder, according to new research.

Led by Professor Nick Talley of the University of Newcastle, the 20-year prospective study followed 570 randomly selected people with no baseline FGID. Seventy-six percent of participants who had a new onset of FGID over the study period reported taking antibiotics for a non-enteric infection, compared with 66% of controls.