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Survey shows use of medicinal cannabis for inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: April 30 2020

A quarter of Australians with inflammatory bowel disease report medicinal cannabis eases their symptoms, according to a new survey from the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Australia, IBD is becoming more prevalent, more complex, and more severe, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. It affects approximately 1 in 250 people aged 5-40.  Almost 75,000 […]

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Crohn’s disease: Preserving inflammation-free phases

Early detection of Crohn's disease flare-ups leads to improved therapy options.

In collaboration with the Helmholz Zentrum München and the Université de Paris, a TUM research team has discovered this connection by analyzing intestinal epithelial cells of Crohn’s disease patients and comparing them to mouse model findings. The interrelated role of stem cells and Paneth cells Stem cells are indispensable for the maintenance and regeneration of […]

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You’ve given UC your best. Is it time for surgery?

Posted: April 25 2020

Everyone has their limit, and for Kacy Holloway, she reached it after five years of unrelenting and exhausting symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC). “I had been on every medication approved for UC and had even gone through a clinical trial and failed,” says Holloway, 22, who lives in Waco, TX. “I was missing school and […]

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Still struggling with UC? Hypnosis may be just the thing

Posted: April 24 2020

Imagine you’re in cozy room, your whole body cocooned in a comfy chair. As you count from 1 to 20, feel yourself getting more and more relaxed. Now, in your mind’s eye, imagine this deep sense of calm moving all the way down your body into your gut. Imagine that there’s no pain, no cramps, […]

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Endoscopy in inflammatory bowel diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic period

We highlight different scenarios in which endoscopy should still be performed urgently in patients with IBD, as well as recommendations regarding the use of personal protective equipment.

Infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), leading to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), was declared an official pandemic by WHO on March 11, 2020, at which point infections had been reported in 114 countries. As of April 1, 2020, there had been 823 626 cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide. COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2, […]

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When Crohn’s disease sparks depression

Posted: April 23 2020

Getting diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 16 was the last thing Cristina Tarankow expected or wanted. “It was all very difficult as a teenager—throwing up, losing weight—and I thought at first it was probably an eating disorder,” says the now 29-year-old Tarankow, who lives in Los Angeles. Instead, she learned her immune system was […]

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Things no one tells you about life with ulcerative colitis

Posted: April 20 2020

1. The intensity of your symptoms might vary over time. The most common ulcerative colitis symptoms are diarrhea containing blood or pus and abdominal pain, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) says. “There’s a lot of cramping,” Cristal Steuer, 38, who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis while she was in college, tells SELF. You […]

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Plants control microbiome diversity inside leaves to promote health

Scientists show how plant genes select which microbes get to live inside their leaves in order to stay healthy.

This is the first study to show a causal relationship between plant health and assembly of the microbial community in the phyllosphere — the total above-ground portions of plants. The work suggests that organisms, from plants to animals, may share a similar strategy to control their microbiomes. Microbiome studies are a hot topic in human […]

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Researchers pinpoint genetic variation responsible for development of IBD

The genetic mutation shares a link with the JAK2 pathway, an important target of multiple immunotherapies.

The two main forms of IBD, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, have an important genetic component. More than 240 genetic regions have been identified that associate with IBD, more than any other pathological condition that has been studied. However, as each genetic region has multiple markers, it’s important to identify those that are causally involved. […]

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Can food play a role in reducing inflammation?

Posted: April 9 2020

It’s natural – and often sensible – to turn to medicine to help treat health problems, but have you considered the role food could play too? Physiotherapist Louise Blanchfield was desperate to help improve her husband Richard’s health after he developed a form of inflammatory arthritis that led to him walking with a stick and […]

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