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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

Inflammatory bowel disease and type I diabetes increase chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis

Posted: June 18 2019

RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints, causing pain and disability. It can also affect internal organs. RA is more common in older people, but there is also a high prevalence in young adults, adolescents and even children, and it affects women more frequently than men. IBD is an umbrella term used […]

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Cannabis use in inflammatory bowel disease: new surveys announced

Posted: June 18 2019

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is an umbrella term describing chronic and relapsing inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Affected individuals experience abdominal pain, weight loss, diarrhoea and bleeding with a high risk of developing colorectal and small bowel cancers. It is a debilitating condition that often significantly affects a […]

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A single gut enterotype linked to both inflammatory bowel disease and depression

Posted: June 18 2019

In 2012, Professor Jeroen Raes (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology) launched the Flemish Gut Flora Project. Sequencing fecal samples of over 3,000 healthy volunteers, Prof. Raes and his team defined the boundaries of a normal, health-associated gut microbiota. Next, the team turned to patient groups to identify microbiome alterations associated with diseases. Recently, they described […]

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Possible targets to help tackle Crohn’s disease

Posted: June 18 2019

The research has focused on different types of cells called macrophages, which are part of our immune system and are found in most tissues, where they patrol for potential harmful organisms and destroy them. In inflammatory diseases, like Crohn’s, macrophages mediate the inflammatory destruction of the gut. Just how the tissue reacts (inflammation or suppression) […]

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Personal Story

Illness can morph you without your consent

Posted: June 13 2019

When I was first diagnosed, I was told that Crohn’s disease was chronic. I looked that word up. Chronic: “Persisting for a long time or constantly recurring.” I shrugged, “No big deal” I thought. The idea of a long time didn’t compute when I was in my early twenties. Because “a long time” doesn’t really […]

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Public toilets letting us down

Posted: June 4 2019

In his 1937 essay What is a City?, historian, sociologist and architecture critic Lewis Mumford described the city as a theatre — a space in which the social drama of urban life could play out. It’s unlikely he envisioned the daily drama of parents with young children, the sick, and the weak-of-bladder looking in vain […]

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