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A restoration ecology perspective on the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

The human gut can be considered an ecosystem comprised of a community of microbes and nonliving components.

Chronic diseases are increasingly associated with disruption of this ecosystem. The science of restoration ecology was developed to restore degraded ecosystems, but its principles have not been applied widely to gut medicine, including the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One principle of ecological restoration is that “passive” restoration, which involves removing an ecosystem disturbance, […]

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Exposure to TNF inhibitors increases psoriasis risk in children with IBD, JIA

Posted: November 28 2019

The single-center study of electronic health record data from 2008 to 2018 included 4,403 children under 19 years at diagnosis, each with at least two ICD-9 or ICD-10 codes for JIA, IBD or chronic noninfectious osteomyelitis and at least two visits with a study center rheumatologist or gastroenterologist. Researchers defined TNF inhibitor exposure as at least […]

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Taking care of your mental health is a key piece of the IBD puzzle

Posted: November 28 2019

When you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, it’s not just your physical health that’s affected. The frequent pain, unpredictability and worrying that comes with inflammatory bowel disease can disrupt your emotional wellbeing, too. And that stress, in turn, can make your IBD symptoms even worse. “It’s pretty well understood that, while stress does not cause IBD, it definitely contributes to […]

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Personal Story

Crohn’s disease patient teaches people to walk in her shoes with new app

Posted: November 28 2019

Anna Sutherland, whose mother Debbie Knox was part of a gold medal-winning team in Salt Lake City in 2002, has faced up to her own challenge after years of living with Crohn’s disease. The 23-year-old is now helping to reduce the stigma surrounding the lifelong illness through the launch of a new app. One of […]

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Crohn’s sufferers stay home over fears of being denied toilet access, disability lawyer says

Posted: November 28 2019

In 2017, Lower Hutt teenager Nicole Thornton, who has Crohn’s disease, presented a petition to Parliament asking for people like her to be given the right to use toilets at businesses when there were no public toilets nearby. In February, the Health Select Committee said in a report on the petition that forcing businesses to give members of the […]

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Living with Crohn’s disease: Recognising and managing flares

Posted: November 28 2019

Tracking symptoms helps recognize Crohn’s disease flares early Flare-ups can be triggered by a variety of factors including changes in diet, new medications, infections and antibiotics, stress, and changes in the underlying disease itself. In some cases a specific trigger can be identified, but in many cases the trigger remains unknown. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease […]

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Recipe: low FODMAP Wontons (Dumplings)

Posted: November 26 2019

Many store bought wontons contain garlic and onion. So why not make your own delicious low FODMAP ones? This recipe is easy however may take some time depending on your skill level… But you can always get friends and family involved to help! Eat them alone or see the serving suggestion below for a low FODMAP […]

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Study finds associations between rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases before and after diagnosis

Posted: November 21 2019

The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also found that people who have rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of developing heart disease, blood clots and sleep apnea. Comorbidities, or other chronic diseases or conditions, have been linked to poorer outcomes for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, including worsened physical disability, functional decline, poorer quality of life […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease appears to impact risk of Parkinson’s disease

Posted: November 20 2019

Relatively new research findings indicating that the earliest stages of Parkinson’s disease (PD) may occur in the gut have been gaining traction in recent years. In a review published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, Tomasz Brudek, PhD, evaluates evidence for the association between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and PD and proposes directions for future research. “Parkinsonism is […]

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Could your gut influence fear responses in PTSD?

Posted: November 20 2019

For many years, mental disorders were simplistically understood as imbalances or deficits in the neurotransmitters in the brain. Recent research has debunked the “chemical imbalance” theory, and has given rise to more complex understandings around how the various systems of the body interact to influence physical and mental health. For example, many people are unaware that 95% […]

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