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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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Sunshine may decrease risk of inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: June 4 2019

More than 800,000 people live with the two life-long disorders which make up IBD — Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. The paediatric study was based in Melbourne and led by Professor Robyn Lucas, from the ANU College of Health and Medicine. “Taking children to play outside in the sun could be life-changing,” Professor Lucas said. […]

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Daily pill containing gut bacteria from healthy people may help fight incurable conditions

Posted: May 27 2019

Bacteria taken from the faeces of healthy people could be used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer, researchers claim. They hope the bacteria could one day replace potent drugs and treatments such as chemotherapy, which can cause a host of unwanted side effects. British scientists have now started the first trial to test whether taking […]

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Research

Neural alterations in regions involved in cognitive and affective functions among Crohn’s disease patients

Evidence suggests that the disease may affect the mental state by altering the motor, sensory systems causing psychological stress.

Crohn’s disease (CD), one of the main phenotypes of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract1, secretory gastrointestinal function and the immune system as well as increasing the intestinal permeability2. There is also evidence suggesting that the disease may affect the mental state by altering the motor, sensory systems causing […]

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Onset of inflammatory bowel disease in adulthood tied to higher mortality

Posted: May 27 2019

Using the Swedish National Patient Register, the Karolinska Institutet identified patients who had developed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, in adulthood between the years 1964 and 2014. Thanks to the Swedish civic registration number system, they were then able to cross-reference the disease data with the cause of death […]

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