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How to reduce your baby’s risk of chronic disease by giving their microbiome the best start

Posted: June 29 2021

By  Dr Lisa Stinson During Kristy Wood’s first two pregnancies, she didn’t give much thought to the microbiome of her babies. But her second child’s tricky start to life triggered a shift. “When it came to my third pregnancy, I definitely made choices that were influenced by what I knew about their microbiomes,” says Kristy. […]

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Stents inspired by paper-cutting art can deliver drugs to the GI tract

Posted: June 28 2021

By Anne Trafton | MIT News Office Inspired by kirigami, the Japanese art of folding and cutting paper to create three-dimensional structures, MIT engineers and their collaborators have designed a new type of stent that could be used to deliver drugs to the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, or other tubular organs in the body. The stents are […]

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Stopping the onset and progression of intractable immune diseases

Posted: June 28 2021

The development of therapeutic drugs for inflammatory bowel disease, an intractable immune disease, and multiple sclerosis – an autoimmune disorder – is gaining traction. A research team from the Department of Life Sciences at POSTECH and a joint research team at ImmunoBiome Inc. have uncovered that a yeast-derived polysaccharide mixture inhibits the onset and progression of immune […]

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Research

Posttraumatic stress symptoms afflict patients with IBD

Survey results supported prior research that found one-quarter to one-third of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases report posttraumatic stress symptoms linked to their disease experience.

By Kate Burba To better characterize posttraumatic stress (PTS) in patients with IBD, researchers surveyed 797 patients registered with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation/University of North Carolina IBD Partners database (Crohn’s disease n = 452; ulcerative colitis n = 345). The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-5th edition supplemented this survey. According to study results, 5.6% […]

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Getting enough vitamin D?

Posted: June 21 2021

By  Rus Hughes What is Vitamin D Deficiency? ClevelandClinic.org says that the idea of vitamin D deficiency indicates that an individual does not have sufficient vitamin D in their blood. The same source says that “Vitamin D is unique because your skin actually produces it by using sunlight.” Adding, “Fair-skinned individuals and those who are […]

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What diet is most likely to help ease Crohn’s disease?

Posted: June 17 2021

By Cara Murez The study evaluated one of the commonly used diets for Crohn’s disease, known as the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), comparing it with the Mediterranean diet, which is sometimes recommended by doctors for its heart health benefits, but not for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s. The scientists found that both diets reduced symptoms […]

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Study finds COVID-19 vaccines safe for IBD patients

Posted: June 15 2021

Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) do not appear to have increased risk of side effects from the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, according to a recent Cedars-Sinai study published online and upcoming in print in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. In fact, those being treated with advanced immune-modifying therapies may experience them less often than the general population. IBDs, […]

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‘Good’ bacteria show promise for clinical treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Posted: June 7 2021

A new study published in Nature Communications demonstrates that a consortium of bacteria designed to complement missing or underrepresented functions in the imbalanced microbiome of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, prevented and treated chronic immune-mediated colitis in humanized mouse models. The study’s senior author, Balfour Sartor, MD, Midget Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Co-Director of the UNC Multidisciplinary […]

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Personal Story

Embarrassment over illness led to blood transfusions and urgent surgery

Posted: June 3 2021

By James Gould John Davidson’s symptoms became so bad that he was bleeding in the bathroom 20 or so times a day – and now the 24-year-old man has asked people in a similar situation to head for medical advice as soon as they can. John was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when he was just […]

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