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Soul Food: The Ayurvedic Diet and How It Helped Me Manage IBD

Posted: January 31 2019

When I was 16, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and was prescribed medication to treat it. Even with medication, I dealt with flares that caused severe bleeding, debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting, and muscle cramps, among other symptoms. For three years my mother and I visited one specialist after another on the East Coast searching for answers. When a doctor […]

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Could pomegranate treat IBD?

Posted: January 31 2019

Pomegranate could fight the agonising symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), scientists believe. The researchers, at the University of Louisville in Kentucky said their discovery highlights the importance of gut health to protect from IBD. The researchers discovered a metabolite called urolithin A (UroA) is produced as a result of polyphenols in fruits and gut […]

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Crohn’s disease sufferer recovering from burst bowel is now a champion weightlifter

Posted: January 31 2019

Manny Singh Tura, 27, weighing only seven-and-a-half stone (48kg) to begin with, shed three stone (19kg) in just two months after his bowel burst in December 2016. He had a foot-long (30cm) section of his bowel removed and needed an ileostomy bag for months, but has since returned to health and broken a regional weightlifting […]

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Research

Cells that destroy the intestine

Certain cells in the intestines have a key role to play in inducing acute inflammatory episodes.

Chronic inflammatory diseases are caused by a complex mixture of various factors. This leads eventually to the intestine’s immune system becoming over-stimulated, with the resulting inflammation often leading to serious symptoms of disease. The immune system in the intestines includes cells known as tissue resident memory cells, or TRM cells for short. So far, scientists […]

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Stoma products inspired by body art, tattoos and lingerie

Posted: January 22 2019

Stephanie Monty, an entrepreneur from the University of Birmingham’s BizzInn business incubator, has been awarded £310k by Innovate UK.  Inspired by seeing close family members suffering from the devastating effects of Crohn’s disease, she set up her company, Ostique, to develop a new range of stylish stoma products that are beautiful as well as functional. […]

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Discovery of bacterial signature of intestinal disease

Posted: January 22 2019

Enormous numbers of bacteria live in our intestines: they normally cause no disease and they are essential if we are to remain healthy. If the delicate balance of these beneficial bacteria is disturbed through an unhealthy diet or side-effects of medications, the health-promoting functions of the bacteria are disrupted. Without the right interactions between our […]

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Poo Transplant Effective Treatment For Chronic Bowel Condition

Posted: January 22 2019

Poo transplant or “Faecal microbiota transplantation” (FMT) can successfully treat patients with ulcerative colitis, new research from the University of Adelaide shows. Researchers found a short duration of low intensity FMT using anaerobically (in an oxygen-free environment) prepared pooled donor FMT could induce remission in ulcerative colitis, with a 32% rate of remission compared to […]

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Women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Are at Greater Risk of Mental Illness Postpartum

Posted: January 22 2019

A study published in the journal Gut shows that women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at greater risk of developing a mental illness after giving birth compared to the overall population. Study authors found that more than one-fifth of pregnant women with IBD had a new-onset mental health diagnosis. “There’s increasing awareness about mental […]

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A Nutritionist’s View on Managing IBD through Lifestyle and Diet

Posted: January 21 2019

In the article published in Frontiers in Immunology in 2015, its authors conclude: “The evidence that genetic factors contribute in small part to disease pathogenesis confirms the important role of microbial and environmental factors. Epigenetic factors can mediate interactions between environment and genome. Epigenetic mechanisms could affect development and progression of IBD. Epigenomics is an emerging field, and future […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease tied to heart attack risk

Posted: January 2 2019

(Reuters Health) – – People with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may be up to 12 times more likely to have a heart attack, a U.S. study suggests. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic or recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s are the most common forms. People […]

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