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Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for using evolution to develop adalimumab (Humira)

Posted: October 8 2018

Scientists Frances Arnold, George Smith and Sir Gregory Winter have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research using directed evolution to produce enzymes for new chemicals and pharmaceuticals, the award-giving body says. “This year’s Nobel Laureates in chemistry have been inspired by the power of evolution and used the same principles — genetic […]

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Breastfeeding can limit Crohn’s progression in children

Posted: October 8 2018

Children with Crohn’s disease who are breastfed are less likely to experience progression to stricturing or penetrating disease, while other environmental factors, like smoking, are linked to adverse events among this population, according to research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH, of the division of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues examined […]

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Family history tied to nearly eightfold increased CRC risk for IBD patients

Patients with IBD who have a first-degree relative with a history of colorectal cancer have a higher risk for also being diagnosed with that cancer.

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease who have a first-degree relative with a history of colorectal cancer have a higher risk for also being diagnosed with that cancer, according to research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. N. Jewel Samadder, MD, MSc, of the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and colleagues wrote that although […]

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Could Viruses Attacking The Microbiome Be Responsible For Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

New research published in Nature Microbiology suggests that viruses called phages, which infect gut bacteria may be important in controlling the disease.

New research done in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has suggested that viruses called phages, which have the ability to infect and kill gut bacteria, may be involved in the disease. The possible role of the microbiome in inflammatory diseases has been a busy area of research recently, with a study in May showing […]

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IBD, steroid use increases influenza risk

IBD, steroid use increases influenza risk

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have a higher risk for influenza and are more likely to be hospitalized because of it, according to research published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Andrew Tinsley, MD, of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at The Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center, and colleagues wrote that their findings highlight the importance of vaccinating patients […]

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BPA risk factor for inflammatory bowel disease?

BPA risk factor for inflammatory bowel disease

A recent study in a preclinical model of inflammatory bowel disease shows dietary exposure to bisphenol-A, or BPA, found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, can increase mortality and worsen its symptoms. Dr. Clint Allred, a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher in the nutrition and food science department at Texas A&M University in College Station, led […]

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Missed Doses of Humira or Cimzia Can Cause an IBD Flare-up

By Janet Stewart

A new 2017 study into medications to prevent IBD suggest that intermittent use of drugs could have a negative effect on consistent management of IBD. Patients may be encouraged to use drugs intermittently. This study Suggests that the in frequency could result in an increased chance of flare-ups that require steroid use and hospitalizations.  View […]

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The little-known symptom of agonising Crohn’s disease that even the NHS doesn’t know about

By Stephen Matthews

Most would contend that symptoms of Crohn’s disease are obvious and quite well know. However new research suggests that there may have been a yet undiscovered symptom which may help with early identification. Dr Rishi Goel, a consultant at Kingston Hospital has stated that Swollen lips may indicate an inflammatory disorder. View Source Article: The little-known […]

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Good vs bad bacteria: the bugs responsible for Crohn’s disease

By Paul Bertrand

Scientists are working on understanding links and commonalities between specific bacteria in your gut and inability for patients to fight of stomach and intestine diseases. It is conjectured that microbiota which is composed of thousands of strains of bacteria can trigger IBD. A 2014 study published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe revels that […]

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The brain and the gut talk to each other: How fixing one could help the other

By Antonina Mikocka-Walus

Is it widely known that the brain and the gut have a hormonal link that can cause negative effects when chronic stress is prevalent. This stress has been linked to altering the levels of bacteria in the gut, promoting inflammation of the bowel and increasing vulnerability of infection. Researchers found that anxiety and depression are […]

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