Researchers said Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have distinct microbiomes, which could help physicians differentiate between them and reduce the use of diagnostic endoscopy. The study reported in the journal Gut included analysis of 2,045 fecal samples and showed patients with Crohn’s had less microbial diversity and a less stable microbiome compared with UC patients.
In 1969, US astronaut Russell Schweickart peed into a plastic receptacle while on the Apollo 9 mission. The condom-like vessel allowed Schweickart – and the other crew members – to relieve themselves in space. But they often made a big mess when they removed the receptacle – painfully, they learnt that size does actually
The family of late singer Johnny Cash once blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song Ring of Fire to promote hemorrhoid-relief products. The idea had been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash. Cash’s daughter Rosanne said the family “would never allow the song to