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Real advice for parenting through UC

Posted: July 6 2020

Plan for Flares “I have a 6-month old, and I recently experienced a severe flare,” says Jamie D., of Chelan, WA. “I knew I was going to need a plan for when I was running to the bathroom 10 times a day on the days my husband was gone. (He’s a firefighter, so I’m home […]

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Why I put my Crohn’s on film

Posted: June 4 2020

In order to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease, 17-year-old Matty Fisher from Mill Hill has made a short film, Life Goes On, documenting his own struggle with the debilitating disease. He was just 14 when he started experiencing symptoms, and soon received the diagnosis. Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), characterised by the […]

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How sunlight, the immune system, and Covid-19 Interact

Posted: May 23 2020

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, which means the human body needs it but can’t make it. While some foods contain vitamin D, people have traditionally gotten most of their vitamin D from the sun: When exposed to ultraviolet light, a chemical reaction takes place in the skin that results in the production of vitamin […]

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New onset fatigue develops in 26% of patients with IBD at 6 months

Posted: May 21 2020

Fatigue is an important, disabling but understudied problem in IBD,” Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. “Some of this is explained by active inflammation, but many continue to experience fatigue even as their inflammation-related symptoms resolve suggesting other underlying mechanisms that need to be understood.” Ananthakrishnan and […]

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Tired all the time? If your diet is the problem, it’s also the solution

Posted: March 11 2020

Tired all the time, wiped out, exhausted, fatigued… my clients all had different ways of saying it, but the problem was essentially the same. As a nutrition consultant, I encountered the same health issues time and again. Top of that list, by a mile, was low energy, or however you prefer to put it. Most […]

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10 Things you need to know about inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: December 17 2019

1. It’s not just about poo When people think about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – the umbrella term for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – they tend to only consider the digestive symptoms, which include stomach pain, bleeding when you go to the loo, and diarrhoea. While these can be debilitating, IBD actually goes far beyond this. […]

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Let’s talk about ulcerative colitis

Posted: November 28 2019

What Is Ulcerative Colitis, Anyway? Ulcerative colitis: Even the name is a mouthful. But let’s break it down. UC is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the colon (that’s the colitis part) and rectum. That inflammation leads to ulcers (that’s the ulcerative part), or open sores, in the intestinal lining that can bleed […]

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Let’s talk about Crohn’s disease

Posted: November 28 2019

What Is Crohn’s Disease, Actually? Before we talk about what Crohn’s disease is, let’s talk about what it isn’t. Because the chronic condition is, well, chronically misunderstood. While Crohn’s tends to conjure images of grimacing on le toilet, it doesn’t just impact the bowels. Crohn’s causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. That means it can […]

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The role of sleep in diverse populations with IBD

Posted: November 7 2019

What was discuss the impetus for this study? Qazi: We found that patients with inflammatory bowel disease have poor sleep. We’re not quite sure why that occurred, but there appears to be a bi-directional relationship between sleep and disease activity, meaning that disease activity perpetuates poor sleep, but poor sleep also worsens disease activity to a […]

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Common mistakes that can make ulcerative colitis worse

Posted: October 22 2019

When you experience an ulcerative colitis flare, it’s easy to assign blame, be it on last night’s spicy dinner or on that extra-large coffee. In actuality, flares are unpredictable — there are no proven triggers or foolproof ways to prevent them. The most important thing to do if you have ulcerative colitis? “Take your medications as prescribed […]

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