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Crohn’s and colitis: Could an antifungal vaccine relieve symptoms?

Posted: July 26 2021

By James Kingsland The human gut is home to an extraordinarily diverse community of bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungi. Usually, these microorganisms live harmoniously with their human hosts in complex, mutually beneficial relationships. These alliances are disrupted by health conditions that involve inflammation of the gut, however. For example, research suggests that certain fungal species that are harmless […]

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No ‘one size fits all’ for access

Posted: July 21 2021

The Council is promoting the importance of taking positive action and has compiled a range of practical resources to help. Among the resources, all available online, is a simple premises checklist that helps identify barriers that may prevent people from using their service or group. Council’s community development and participation manager Kim Bush said one […]

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7 Questions every doctor wants you to ask after an ulcerative colitis diagnosis

Posted: July 15 2021

By Meghan Rabbitt After an ulcerative colitis (UC) diagnosis, you’ll find yourself immersed in a new world—trying to understand your autoimmune disease, sort through various treatment options, and work with your doctor to chart a path forward. And while you’ll find all kinds of information about your condition online, asking your doctor some key questions about […]

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BiomeBank submits for market authorisation of world first microbial therapy

Posted: July 13 2021

South Australian based biotechnology company BiomeBank has submitted for Market Authorisation of their product for the treatment of recurrent Clostridioides difficile (C-diff) and ulcerative colitis in a bid to meet unmet medical need across Asia Pacific. The drug product is already used in Australia to treat C-diff through faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and has been […]

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Personal Story

Kelly Lambert was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 19

Posted: July 13 2021

By Brendan Crabb After being diagnosed at the age of 19, for many years afterwards Mrs Lambert had to constantly be conscious of where the nearest bathroom was located. “The disease totally dominated my life for a good five years,” the 46-year-old said. “It struck me down… It stopped me from doing a lot of […]

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Sunflower peptide as “template” for potential analgesic

Posted: July 7 2021

That is the finding of an international study led by Christian Gruber from MedUni Vienna’s Institute of Pharmacology (Center for Physiology and Pharmacology), which was conducted jointly with the University of Queensland and Flinders University in Australia and has now been published. The scientific aim of the study is to find analgesics that are only […]

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Personal Story

What I’ve learned about work and Crohn’s disease

Posted: July 6 2021

By Basmah Ali Even though my parents were more flexible with my siblings’ and my career choices, it was still expected for us to study hard and do well. That, along with the Western mentality to value fast-paced work environments, can put a lot of pressure on people with Crohn’s disease such as myself. In my case, I […]

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Research

Treating inflammatory bowel disease in mice with engineered probiotic

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital report they have developed an engineered yeast that can induce multiple effects for treating IBD.

Their findings are published in Nature Medicine in a paper titled, “Self-tunable engineered yeast probiotics for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.” “IBD is a complex chronic inflammatory disorder of the gastrointestinal tract,” wrote the researchers. “Extracellular adenosine triphosphate (eATP) produced by the commensal microbiota and host cells activates purinergic signaling, promoting intestinal inflammation and pathology. Based […]

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Personal Story

My experience with the COVID-19 vaccine and IBD

Posted: July 1 2021

By Holly Fowler Why I chose to get vaccinated I’m not going to lie: I was hesitant about getting the vaccine at first. Like many people, I truly didn’t know if I even wanted or should get the vaccine. For a while, I was in the camp of “absolutely not.” My body had started heading […]

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