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Crohn’s disease dragged my body to a point where it barely functioned

Posted: January 23 2020

Today, I am healthier than I have been in a long time. But even so, this summer break alone has seen me in hospital twice to have abscesses removed, an outpatient flexible sigmoidoscopy​, which is an exam to evaluate the lower part of the large intestine, and an MRI. The days are dwindling until the first […]

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What anyone with ulcerative colitis needs to know about colorectal cancer

Posted: January 23 2020

Having a chronic illness like ulcerative colitis affects your health in so many ways, from the daily issues, like terrible pain, to the big picture, like an increased risk of colorectal cancer. The connection between ulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer can be scary and confusing, but it’s an important one to understand. Here’s what you need to know […]

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Research

Adding curcumin to mesalamine may benefit patients with ulcerative colitis

Adjunctive therapy with curcumin was found to provide a greater clinical benefit than placebo in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) being treated with mesalamine.

To investigate the potential antiinflammatory properties of curcumin, study authors searched various databases (PubMed, EMBASE, Google Scholar, SCOPUS, and Web of Science databases) to obtain randomized controlled trials assessing its use as combination therapy in the treatment of mild to moderate UC. “The outcomes assessed were the pooled odds of clinical response and remission as well […]

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Investigational hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) indications: inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: January 23 2020

The recent HBOT experience HBOT for ulcerative colitis Until this point, all of the papers have concerned advanced CD, and none have combined UC cases in the mix. Pagoldh et al. designed a prospective, randomized, open-label clinical trial for HBOT intervention and UC, published in 2013. The primary objective of the study was to assess effects […]

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Anti-inflammatory effects of abdominal vagus nerve stimulation on experimental intestinal inflammation

Electrical stimulation of the cervical vagus nerve is an emerging treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

A growing body of evidence has demonstrated that unilateral electrical stimulation of the left cervical vagus nerve is a feasible treatment in a rodent model of colitis (Meregnani et al., 2011; Sun et al., 2013). Following chemically-induced colitis in rats, cervical vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) improved the disease activity index (DAI: weight and stool quality), decreased […]

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Personal Story

Living with ulcerative colitis: turning Points

Posted: January 21 2020

Watch the following stories here. Patient turned Counselor Six months into her marriage, Jennifer Martin’s new life started to fall apart. She began having serious digestive problems. She had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, but this was worse than anything she had ever experienced. A Life-Changing Race It took Mary Beth Szydlowski a long time […]

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