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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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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 These patients and their doctors often ask themselves whether the treatment could be withdrawn.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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New Aussie resource to enhance patient understanding of out-of-pocket medical costs

Posted: January 9 2020

A new Medical Costs Transparency website will – for the first time – show Australian patients typical out-of-pocket costs for common treatments and procedures in the private system. Australian patients will be able to search and compare predicted out-of-pocket costs for specific in-hospital treatments delivered in the private setting. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said […]

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7 recent reports on IBD

Posted: January 7 2020

Inpatient opioids linked with future opioid use in IBD Patients who received intravenous or non-intravenous opioids while in the hospital are more likely to be exposed to opioids after they are discharged, according to study results. Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD, of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues wrote that […]

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Science confirms that the vagus nerve is key to well-being

Posted: January 7 2020

The vagus nerve is one of the twelve cranial nerves, which sprawl out from the brain and into the body like an intricate network of roots. These nerve networks act as lines of communication between the brain and the body’s many systems and organs. Some of the cranial nerves interpret sensory information collected by the […]

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Altering intestinal microbiota

Researchers develop approach to alter intestinal microbiota and vaccinate against chronic inflammatory diseases

Targeted immunisation against bacterial flagellin, a protein that forms the appendage that enables bacterial mobility, can beneficially alter the intestinal microbiota, decreasing the bacteria’s ability to cause inflammation and thus protecting against an array of chronic inflammatory diseases, according to a new study by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences and the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia […]

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Review and implications of traditional Indian medicine for inflammatory bowel disease

Two classes of Ayurvedic formulation, fermented preparations and Ghrita are employed for the maintenance of intestinal disorders.

The current mainstream management of IBD includes antibiotics, corticosteroids, thiopurines, anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antibodies, and aminosalicylates [2]. They have severe side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, and osteoporosis when used for the long term. The Indian System of Medicine which mainly comprises of Ayurveda (meaning the science of life) is one of the […]

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Specialised immune cells could help repair inflammatory bowel disease damage in children

Posted: December 17 2019

“This study offers new hope for kids with IBD who urgently need new treatments by showing that Tr1 cells have the potential to reverse the damage caused by IBD,” said senior author Dr. Megan Levings, an investigator and head of the Childhood Disease Research Theme at BC Children’s and a professor in UBC’s department of […]

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Living hydrogel can help heal intestinal wounds

Posted: December 17 2019

IBD patients suffer from pain, extreme discomfort, and numerous other symptoms caused by continuously relapsing and remitting inflammatory lesions in the layer of cells that lines the intestinal lumen (mucosa). The exact causes for IBD still are poorly understood, but it is clear that a misdirected immune system is at work, and that certain components […]

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