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Cumulative doses of oral steroids associated with increased hypertension

Posted: March 24 2020

In a cohort of 71,642 patients (mean age, 51 years; 38% men; 86% white) diagnosed with one of six chronic inflammatory diseases — inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis, vasculitis or systemic lupus erythematosus — 34.8% developed hypertension during a median follow-up of 6.6 years. Researchers found that compared with periods of nonuse, […]

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Personal Story

What it’s really like having a disability no one can see

Posted: March 20 2020

My name is Billie and I live with a chronic invisible illness and disability. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) at the age of 20. UC is a gut condition that effects the large intestine; causing bleeding, inflammation and ulcers along the colon. Ulcerative Colitis is also under the umbrella term ‘Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)’ and […]

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Antidepressants could ease pain for sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: March 19 2020

Deakin University Associate Professor of Psychology Antonina Mikocka-Walus says more needed to be known about prescribing antidepressants for IBD, including for those who do not have anxiety or depression. While between 10 per cent and 30 per cent of people with IBD use antidepressants in Western countries it is unclear how many take them specifically […]

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Telehealth assists infection control

Posted: March 18 2020

The six-month measure is part of the government’s plan to address the pandemic, allowing eligible Australians to access essential health services from their home while in quarantine or self-isolation. It is hoped that the strategy will reduce the risk of viral exposure to vulnerable members of the community. Who is eligible for telehealth services? People […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

Posted: March 18 2020

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia is committed to ensuring the latest, most up to date information is available for people living with inflammatory bowel disease, in relation to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Please click here to visit CCA’s COVID-19 Health Alert news page.

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Research

A protein that controls inflammation

A study has unraveled a critical molecular mechanism behind autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and psoriasis.

Inflammatory autoimmune diseases Inflammatory autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, psoriasis, and multiple sclerosis are amongst the most common diseases. Their prevalence has been rapidly expanding over the last few decades, which means that currently millions of patients are under constant treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs to keep their condition under control. As […]

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Understanding the remission and relapse cycle in Crohn’s disease

Posted: March 17 2020

Remission Remission can mean different things based on the parameters used to describe it. Types of remission include: Clinical remission This is the term your doctor will typically use to describe your remission. It means your symptoms have improved or gone away. Yet you may still have inflammation in your GI tract. Endoscopic remission This […]

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Q&A: What GIs need to know about COVID-19

Posted: March 16 2020

Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease talked with our Chief Medical Editor, Edward V. Loftus, MD, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, about COVID-19 and what the GI community needs to do to address the growing panic. How should GIs be addressing the topic of coronavirus with their patients? Loftus: Late last week and this past weekend were kind of […]

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Air pollution exposure takes a heavy toll on gut bacteria

Breathing dirty air takes a heavy toll on gut bacteria, boosting risk of obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and other chronic illnesses, new CU Boulder research suggests.

The study, published online in the journal Environment International, is the first to link air pollution to changes in the structure and function of the human gut microbiome—the collection of trillions of microorganisms residing within us. The gaseous pollutant ozone, which helps make up Denver’s infamous “brown cloud”—is particularly hazardous, the study found, with young adults exposed […]

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IBD treatment algorithm should be optimised, personalised for patients

Posted: March 15 2020

“There was little we could do to alter the natural history [20 years ago],” Adam S. Cheifetz, MD, director of Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School said during his presentation. “Now, where we have multiple drugs with multiple mechanisms, and many more […]

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