Expert Video - What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? How does IBS start?

Jordan Shapiro, MD, MS, a gastroenterologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating irritable bowel syndrome, discusses some possible causes of IBS, including food poisoning, stress, food intolerances and the role of genetics. Dr. Shapiro also talks about the potential effects of changes in gut bacteria, the use of antibiotics, and even the presence of mood disorders that can affect the development of irritable bowel syndrome. 

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