About Digestive System
From the moment the body takes a bite of food, the digestive system starts its work. The mouth, stomach, and intestines work together to break down food into more usable forms, aided by chemicals called enzymes that are produced and stored in the liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. Once nutrients have been extracted from food, the remaining waste is passed to the colon to be released. Constipation, whether caused by toilet training, a change from liquid to solid foods, or a change in routine, is a frequent problem for younger children. However, when working properly, the digestive system provides children with fuel for energy and the materials they need to grow.
Urinary Microbiome in Children
Are you the mother of a newborn (up to 6 months of age)? You may be able to participate in a study to help a research team look at the bacteria found in the urinary tract and stool. This study involves collecting up to 7 urine and stool samples over up to 12 months. Study visits take place remotely via phone or video conference. Compensation is provided.
Adolescent Writing Intervention
Are you a parent of a teen coping with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Carnegie Mellon University is currently recruiting adolescents (ages 12-17) diagnosed with IBS for a study testing whether writing exercises can improve well-being and GI symptoms.
Biliary Atresia Study
Is your child between 6 months and 17 years old with a diagnosis of biliary atresia? Has your child had the Kasai procedure (surgery to improve bile flow)? If so, your child may be able to participate in a research study to learn more about the long term health of patients who have had the Kasai procedure. Participation by parents is voluntary. Compensation for transportation provided.