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Stopping the stigma and normalising the stoma

Posted: June 3 2020

A young woman in regional South Australia is trying to change the conversation around bowel disease in her local community, after being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. Riverland resident Aleysha Lange said she was a regular 20-year-old who enjoyed playing netball, reading, hanging out with friends and going to work. But since her bowel disease diagnosis […]

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News

Cholecystectomy linked with disease activity in Crohn’s

Posted: June 3 2020

Filippos Koutroumpakis, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, said in a recorded presentation that removing the gallbladder allows for continuous drainage of bile acid into the gastrointestinal tract leading to the development of secondary bile acids, which have been shown to cause gene mutations and adenomas in animal studies. “In human […]

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Research

The rundown of dietary supplements and their effects on inflammatory bowel disease

Some specific substances should be analysed for their benefits or drawbacks in the course of IBD. Such substances are probiotics, polyphenols, fibers, fatty acids, as well as certain low FODMAP diets to be discussed.

Inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are a life-long, chronic, and relapsing problem affecting 11.2 million people worldwide. To date, there is pharmacological therapy to treat symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal cramping/pain. These medications also help to alleviate everyday discomfort; however, there are no curative therapies. Recent studies have investigated […]

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Personal Story

Kathleen Baker didn’t let Crohn’s block her olympic dream – now she’s ready for another

Posted: May 28 2020

When swimmer Kathleen Baker started shedding pounds at the age of 12, she knew something wasn’t right, but was hesitant to admit it. She was already an elite athlete at that point with not much weight to lose. “I ran fevers for weeks and weeks on end,” Baker said, “I had pretty much every gastrointestinal […]

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News

Fungus in the gut

Posted: May 27 2020

Higher levels of a type of fungus in the gut are associated with better outcomes for patients with a type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis who are treated with gut microbes from healthy donors, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators. The study, published April 15 in Cell Host & Microbe, […]

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I have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). What should I eat?

Posted: May 27 2020

New IBD dietary guidelines To help patients and providers navigate these nutritional questions, the International Organization of IBD (IOIBD) recently reviewed the best current evidence to develop expert recommendations regarding dietary measures that might help to control and prevent relapse of IBD. In particular, the group focused on the dietary components and additives that they felt were […]

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How sunlight, the immune system, and Covid-19 Interact

Posted: May 23 2020

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, which means the human body needs it but can’t make it. While some foods contain vitamin D, people have traditionally gotten most of their vitamin D from the sun: When exposed to ultraviolet light, a chemical reaction takes place in the skin that results in the production of vitamin […]

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Yes, inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease are linked

Posted: May 22 2020

A systematic review and meta-analysis at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster in collaboration with the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease has determined there is a nine-fold increased risk of having IBD for patients with a previous diagnosis of celiac disease. Similarly, the risk for celiac disease is increased in […]

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News

New onset fatigue develops in 26% of patients with IBD at 6 months

Posted: May 21 2020

Fatigue is an important, disabling but understudied problem in IBD,” Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. “Some of this is explained by active inflammation, but many continue to experience fatigue even as their inflammation-related symptoms resolve suggesting other underlying mechanisms that need to be understood.” Ananthakrishnan and […]

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IBD: Virtual clinics are improving patient care and therapy outcomes

Posted: May 20 2020

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is not one single thing. It’s a lifelong autoimmune inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract that can lead to hospitalisations, surgery, and a decreased quality of life. The two most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The causes of IBD appear to be a blend of environmental and […]

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