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People with IBD have more microplastics in their feces

Posted: January 13 2022

Microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in length — are everywhere, from bottled water to food to air. According to recent estimates, people consume tens of thousands of these particles each year, with unknown health consequences.  The prevalence of IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is rising globally. Characterized […]

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Global spread of autoimmune disease blamed on western diet

Posted: January 10 2022

By Robin McKie  More and more people around the world are suffering because their immune systems can no longer tell the difference between healthy cells and invading micro-organisms. Disease defences that once protected them are instead attacking their tissue and organs. Major international research efforts are being made to fight this trend – including an initiative at […]

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First structure of human protein complex with ‘licence to kill’

A team of WEHI researchers has for the first time visualised a human cell death complex linked to autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, and injuries associated with excessive cell death.

Using the Australian Synchrotron, the team solved the structure of the human cell death proteins MLKL and RIPK3 bound to each other, as well as human RIPK3 alone. When RIPK3 activates MLKL, it triggers a type of inflammatory cell death called necroptosis that kills the cell and alerts the immune system that it is under attack. However, […]

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Podcast: My amazing body – Anxiety

Posted: December 20 2021

Listen here. Dr Manaan Kar Ray, a psychiatrist and director for Adult Mental Health at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, explains what anxiety disorder is and how it affects your body. He also talks about the different types of anxiety and the best ways to look after your mental wellbeing. Michelle, a Queensland woman, talks about her lived experience with anxiety. Transcript: Dr Kar Ray: The first thing to […]

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‘You never know when you might flare up, day to day life is unpredictable’

Posted: December 13 2021

By Lizzie Thomson Both Crohn’s and colitis can affect anyone, at any age. James was diagnosed with colitis when he was 21. ‘I was vomiting, constantly glued to the toilet and I noticed blood in my stools – I knew something wasn’t right,’ he tells ‘The whole holiday was a shambles for me as […]

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Amelia’s story is proof that life can still be good without a large intestine

Posted: December 8 2021

By Amelia Ranger For many, coming up with a Tinder bio is one of the hardest parts of online dating — luckily, I had a good one. ‘I don’t have a large intestine, but I make up for it with personality’. When I was single, my Tinder matches loved to ask me questions about my […]

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