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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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Health Benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science

Posted: October 15 2019

The health benefits of expressing gratitude are many, and some might surprise you. Scholars, spiritual leaders, and scientist throughout history have deliberated on gratitude. More recently, the scientifically-validated benefits of gratitude are better understood. Regardless of who you are, or the circumstances of your life, the health benefits of gratitude are undeniable. There are numerous gratitude […]

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Your wellbeing matters

Posted: October 15 2019

The brain and gut are in constant conversation through a network of neural, hormonal and immunological messages and if you are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), these lines of communication are disturbed. It can be overwhelming and a bit stressful to start the conversation with your healthcare professional about how you’re feeling – but it […]

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Cold-water treatment? A weekend with the ‘Ice Man’

Posted: August 14 2019

Best known for trying to scale Mount Everest in only a pair of shorts and hiking boots, Hof has broken more world records than even he can count. His feats include a near-fatal 57-metre swim under ice during which he went temporarily blind, and a barefoot half-marathon in the Arctic. He’s also immersed himself in […]

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Study finds millennials have unprecedented rates of diabetes, depression, and digestive disorders

Posted: May 5 2019

Millennials, as a generation, are in overall poorer health than their predecessors, Gen X-ers, with higher rates of depression, hyperactivity, substance misuse, type 2 diabetes and Crohn’s disease, among other chronic conditions. The report authors warn that the healthcare community needs to be aware that millennials are facing growing and perhaps unprecedented health concerns that could […]

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Health advice not all-inclusive

Posted: April 5 2019

Every day we’re bombarded with stories telling us how to live our healthiest lives. We’re told we should sleep seven to nine hours each night, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, exercise regularly, drink lots of water and avoid alcohol. It’s a lot to take in. And even though it might be based on the […]

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Smoking and the Gut

Posted: March 30 2019

You may wonder if smoking cigarettes has any effect on your bowels, like coffee does. After all, isn’t nicotine a stimulant, too? But the research on the intersection between smoking and diarrhea is mixed. Few direct links have been found between smoking a cigarette and having a bowel movement. But a lot of research has been done […]

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How the Expectation for Men to Be Tough Affected My Crohn’s Disease

Posted: March 22 2019

Boys are tough; boys don’t cry; boys play football. Pain is not something a boy experiences unless he is mortally wounded. Tough it out. Another child of many millions growing up with a gendered brain. Afraid of myself, my own emotions. Afraid of expressing weakness and pain. We’ve shamed the admittance of pain and idolized […]

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Woman with Crohn’s disease ‘learned to love’ her scars

Posted: March 13 2019

Natalie who has Crohn’s disease has asked photographers not to remove her scars from pictures when she works as a model. Now she wants to encourage others to be body positive. Watch her story at https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-wiltshire-47495346/woman-with-crohn-s-disease-learned-to-love-her-scars

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