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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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New vitamin supplement study finds they may do more harm than good

A new study aimed to examine the benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements for prevention of heart disease, stroke and premature death (termed “all-cause mortality”). This found the most commonly studied ones had no effect, while some less common ones did have an effect.

In Australia’s most recent nutrition survey, 29% of people reported having taken at least one dietary supplement. This proportion was even higher in the United States at 52%. A new study out today aimed to examine the benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements for prevention of heart disease, stroke and premature death (termed “all-cause mortality”). This found the most commonly studied […]

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Blog

IBD-friendly recipe for winter: Warming Pumpkin Soup

Posted: June 6 2018

The insoluble fibre of vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potato is generally easier to digest than soluble fibre, and each of the spices used boasts its own nutritional benefits. Turmeric carries powerful anti-inflammatory properties and cinnamon helps stabilise blood sugar levels, whilst nutmeg is known to detoxify the kidney and liver. Ingredients: (Serves 5) 1 […]

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News

Australian Government announces new fee for capsule endoscopy

Posted: May 17 2018

The Australian Government is making changes to two Medicare-funded capsule endoscopy services, following recommendations from the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) after initial review by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce. What are the changes? Capsule endoscopy is a procedure used to record images of the gastrointestinal tract to either diagnose or monitor certain […]

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Hidden battle: Raising awareness of a disease no one wants to talk about

Posted: May 1 2018

One in 250 Australians are sufferers of a disease that has no cure, is increasingly prevalent, is most commonly diagnosed in young people and yet is barely spoken about. May is the awareness month for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis which are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Sufferers are reluctant to speak about their illness for fear […]

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Personal Story

Zaun Bhana tells of his experience with Infliximab and colitis

Posted: April 17 2018

My name is Zaun Bhana. I am 30 years old, married to my lovely wife Michelle and we have an 18 month old baby boy named Makan. I own an IT business called LEAP Consulting with a business partner that employs four staff and I have just bought my first house. I am also living […]

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