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About Crohn’s & Colitis Hub

A diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be an emotional time, especially with the lack of information about the condition among the general community. We have created a safe place; a credible source of information, your go-to place to turn to if you are looking for answers, read inspirational stories from people in the same situation as yours, explore ongoing research in the field, and much more. Crohn’s & Colitis Hub provides a comprehensive range of information and support to help people find the right information or service for their individual needs.

Nearly 85,000 Australians are living with inflammatory bowel disease, the collective term used for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, a gastrointestinal condition that affects any part of the gut, though the most common area affected is the end of the ileum or the colon.

Symptoms vary from person to person, and range from mild to severe and can change over time. Most common symptoms include diarrhoea, abdomen pain, loss of appetite, anaemia, joint pain and mouth ulcers.

Presently, there is no cure for IBD, and the exact cause is still unknown.To manage the condition, it is essential to develop know-how on the potential impact of living with the condition, managing IBD and information on overcoming everyday challenges associated with the condition.

Crohn’s & Colitis Hub’s resources will include news, articles, features and videos curated from all across the web, including medical journals, functioning as a one-stop website focusing on IBD and related issues.

For additional information on inflammatory bowel disease resources, contact Crohn’s & Colitis Australia at 1800 138 029.

The latest news and Research

News

IBD is misunderstood

Posted: January 16 2020

Although a 2017 review forecasted that there will be about 2.2 million Americans and about 0.5% of Western Europeans living with IBD in 2025, other reports suggested that the disease is not universally understood. “There are a lot of misunderstandings about IBD,” Paul Feuerstadt MD, FACG, AGAF said. For example, a survey of 409 general practitioners in […]

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Diet as therapy for IBD remains hindered by knowledge gaps

Posted: January 16 2020

As patients with Crohn’s disease seek guidance on how to handle their condition, there remains a knowledge gap regarding what, if any, specific dietary recommendations could become a mainstay therapy, according to a presentation at Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2019. “We don’t have enough definitive research to say that one diet is the right answer for […]

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Research

Infants born to mothers with IBD present with altered gut microbiome

Prenatal and early life bacterial colonisation is thought to play a major role in shaping the immune system.

IBDs, comprising Crohn’s disease (CD) and UC, result from aberrant mucosal immune responses to bacteria in genetically susceptible individuals.1 2 While family history is the strongest risk factor for developing IBD, the genetic loci associated with risk do not fully explain disease heritability.1 IBD affects women during their reproductive years and 25% become pregnant after diagnosis. […]

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Research

Tailoring treatment withdrawal in inflammatory bowel disease

Patients may not relapse over mid-term and those who have relapsed may have benefited from a drug-free period before being treated again.

There is currently no cure for inflammatory bowel disease. Most recent treatments and treatment strategies allow for healing intestinal lesions and maintaining steroid-free remission in a subset of patients. These patients and their doctors often ask themselves whether the treatment could be withdrawn. Several studies in both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have demonstrated a […]

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Personal Story

I tried 22 different medications before an electrical implant healed my Crohn’s disease

Posted: January 15 2020

When I was in the eighth grade, my life changed forever. I was tap dancing during a play rehearsal and twisted my ankle. It sounds pretty innocuous, right? But what followed was a big shock. At first, the swelling in my ankle seemed normal. After a few weeks my ankle was just as swollen as […]

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What to know about Crohn’s and the eyes

Posted: January 9 2020

Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include cramps, diarrhea, and bloody stool. However, Crohn’s disease can also cause symptoms outside the digestive tract. These include skin complications, problems with joints, and eye disorders. About 10% of people with Crohn’s disease have eye-related symptoms or conditions. Due to the sensitivity of the tissues in the eye, symptoms may occur in this […]

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