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Telling my boss about my invisible condition

Posted: February 27 2020

In 1998, during my last year of high school, I began going to the bathroom up to 12 times a day. My weight dropped quickly—five pounds, then 20—and I felt tired, had diarrhea constantly, and my stomach was always killing me. Both my mom and my doctor thought this was a reaction to the stress […]

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Guidance issued for food intake in inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: February 26 2020

Arie Levine, M.D., from the Wolfson Medical Center at Tel Aviv University in Israel, and colleagues reviewed the current evidence to provide expert opinion on specific dietary components, food groups, and food additives for control and preventing relapse of IBD. The authors note that for all food groups except pasteurized dairy consumption, consensus was achieved. […]

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Ulcerative colitis: bacteria findings raise hopes for new treatment

Posted: February 26 2020

While a number of medicines can help manage the condition, ulcerative colitis can only be cured by removing the colon. However, about half of those who have this surgery go on to have inflammation in the area of the small intestine that is reconstructed into a pouch to serve as a rectum. Such inflammation is […]

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Striking differences in patients’ and physicians’ treatment goals and disease management expectations

Posted: February 20 2020

The IBD Global Assessment of Patient and Physician Unmet Needs Survey (IBD GAPPS) captured insights and perspectives from more than 2,000 patients and 600 physicians, exploring the physician-patient relationship, how patients and physicians define remission, their treatment expectations and levels of satisfaction with current therapies, as well as the impact of ulcerative colitis (UC) and […]

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Chronic inflammatory disease expenditures nearly double

Posted: February 18 2020

“Compared to healthy controls, we know that individuals with inflammatory bowel disease experience higher health care costs,” Benjamin Click, MD, says. “What we have also seen from prior studies is that historically, health care utilization such as hospitalizations and surgery accounted for the majority of expenditures.” To assess changes in cost of IBD care over time, Click […]

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Don’t hate your guts – heal them

Posted: February 18 2020

Each one of us carries about 38 trillion bacteria around with us in our gut every day – if you wanted to count them all, it would take you more than a million years. How can such a veritable zoo of microbes reside peacefully in our guts without triggering our immune systems to attack them, […]

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Scientists examine how a gut infection may produce chronic symptoms

Posted: February 18 2020

Keeping inflammation in checkIn a healthy gut, the immune system must strike a careful balance between responding to threats and keeping that response in check to avoid damage.“Inflammation helps the gut ward off an infection, but too much of it can cause lasting harm,” says Daniel Mucida, an associate professor and head of the Laboratory of Mucosal […]

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Gut reaction: how immunity ramps up against incoming threats

Posted: February 17 2020

Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute found, in laboratory models, that eating sets off a hormonal ‘chain reaction’ in the gut. Eating causes a hormone called VIP to kickstart the activity of immune cells in response to potentially incoming pathogens or ‘bad’ bacteria. The researchers also found that immunity increased at anticipated mealtimes […]

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Call for Australian government to introduce permit system for patients to grow medicinal cannabis

Posted: February 13 2020

In her submission to a Senate inquiry into barriers facing patients in accessing medicinal cannabis, Leone Harker said the current regulatory scheme was inadequate and patients should be able to grow their own cannabis plants. Ms Harker has suffered from Crohn’s disease for 16 years and has not found relief from it through the use […]

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7 Diet tips that can help manage Crohn’s symptoms and side effects

Posted: February 13 2020

Diet doesn’t cause Crohn’s disease—doctors don’t actually know the culprit behind the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—but what you eat (or don’t eat) can majorly impact how your body deals with it. That’s because Crohn’s affects the gastrointestinal tract, the part of the body that digests food, absorbs energy and nutrients, and expels waste. When Crohn’s is active—as […]

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