Past food poisoning victims, beware. New scientific evidence has shown that the ailment's negative bacterial effects could last long beyond the initial stomach pain. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada have found that certain bacteria present in the gut as a result of a bad meal can increase the chance of developing Crohn's disease later.
Crohn's, a bowel disease that results in inflammation of the intestines, is "a lifelong disease that often strikes people in their early years, leading to decades of suffering, an increased risk of colorectal cancer, and an increased risk of premature death," according to senior study author Brian Coombes, a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences.
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The McMaster research team was particularly interested in identifying the root of this disease, as one in 150 Canadians suffers from Crohn's or colitis, making it one of the most affected countries in the world.