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About Crohn’s & Colitis Hub

A diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be an emotional time, especially with the lack of information about the condition among the general community. We have created a safe place; a credible source of information, your go-to place to turn to if you are looking for answers, read inspirational stories from people in the same situation as yours, explore ongoing research in the field, and much more. Crohn’s & Colitis Hub provides a comprehensive range of information and support to help people find the right information or service for their individual needs.

Nearly 85,000 Australians are living with inflammatory bowel disease, the collective term used for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, a gastrointestinal condition that affects any part of the gut, though the most common area affected is the end of the ileum or the colon.

Symptoms vary from person to person, and range from mild to severe and can change over time. Most common symptoms include diarrhoea, abdomen pain, loss of appetite, anaemia, joint pain and mouth ulcers.

Presently, there is no cure for IBD, and the exact cause is still unknown.To manage the condition, it is essential to develop know-how on the potential impact of living with the condition, managing IBD and information on overcoming everyday challenges associated with the condition.

Crohn’s & Colitis Hub’s resources will include news, articles, features and videos curated from all across the web, including medical journals, functioning as a one-stop website focusing on IBD and related issues.

For additional information on inflammatory bowel disease resources, contact Crohn’s & Colitis Australia at 1800 138 029.

The latest news and Research

Research

The gut microbiota and inflammation: An overview

The understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the human gut bacteria and the overall functioning of the body has significantly deepened and broadened, with acceleration in research output concerning this area.

Abstract The gut microbiota encompasses a diverse community of bacteria that carry out various functions influencing the overall health of the host. These comprise nutrient metabolism, immune system regulation and natural defence against infection. The presence of certain bacteria is associated with inflammatory molecules that may bring about inflammation in various body tissues. Inflammation underlies […]

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Personal Story

How Crohn’s disease helped me become stronger

Posted: March 29 2021

By Raechelle Bright. I was about to start my senior year of high school. I was feeling sick for a long time and kept it under wraps because I thought it would go away. I started losing weight (and at an extreme rate). Bathroom trips were more frequent, and I often saw blood. I didn’t […]

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Blog

Why everyone with IBD should be offered therapy

Posted: March 29 2021

By Jenna Farmer. When I think back to the day I received a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, there are a few memories that stick out in my mind. The doctor handing me medication without really explaining what it was. Googling Crohn’s disease in my sedated, half-awake state, because I really knew nothing about the disease. Mostly, […]

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News

Podcast: My amazing body – The bowel

Posted: March 24 2021

My Amazing Body is a podcast that explores interesting, unknown and misunderstood parts of your body, featuring interviews with medical experts and stories from real Queenslanders. Each episode runs for about 20 minutes, and you can listen in any order you want. General and colorectal surgeon Dr Ming Ho explains how the bowel works, and […]

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News

For good health, trust your gut

Posted: March 23 2021

By Michael Miller University of Cincinnati assistant professor Ashley Ross says your body is full of neurons that regulate digestion, inflammation and a host of other biological processes. In her chemistry lab in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, she is studying the role they play in the immune system. “I’m fascinated by the concept that […]

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News

Could a yeast found in cheese be key to easing Crohn’s disease?

Posted: March 22 2021

Areas of unhealed wounds in the intestines of Crohn’s patients have elevated levels of a type of yeast widely found in cheese and processed meat, the new study found. The researchers discovered that levels of the yeast Debaryomyces hansenii are higher in Crohn’s disease patients than in people without the disease. In Crohn’s patients, levels of the […]

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