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A high-sugar diet rapidly enhances susceptibility to colitis

The aim of this study was to identify the effect of a short-term diet high in sugar on susceptibility to colitis.

Most experimental findings relating to the ‘western diet’ and IBD have focused on high-fat content alone or in combination with high-sugar; thus the isolated effects of dietary refined sugars on enteric microbial composition, luminal milieu, and susceptibility to colitis are not well understood2. Population-based studies have demonstrated an association between intake of refined sugar and […]

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News

Snack ideas for Crohn’s disease

Posted: November 14 2019

During remission When symptoms are in remission, it is important to eat a nutrient-rich diet, which should include: Fiber: However, high fiber diets are not good for some people with Crohn’s. Protein: Stick with sources of lean protein, such as fish, eggs, nuts, and tofu. Calcium: Choose lactose free products, if dairy is a trigger, […]

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Personal Story

“They told me candies, milkshakes, and pizza were all fine”

Posted: November 14 2019

Scott Lippman was on a vacation with his wife in Central America in 2013 when he suddenly got sick. “We were nervous about it, so we cut the trip short,” says Lippman. Back home in New York, though, he wasn’t getting better. In fact, little by little, he was getting worse. “I was losing weight. […]

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Patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease demonstrate increased risk for psychiatric illnesses

Individuals with ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn disease (CD) are more likely to have depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease, including UC and CD, have been shown to be at increased risk for psychiatric illnesses, although most previous studies have had limited patient populations. The researchers retrospectively reviewed a large commercial database of information collected between 2013 and 2019 to better define the epidemiology of several psychiatric illnesses (depression, anxiety, bipolar […]

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Personal Story

How to become a loud, proud advocate for people with ulcerative colitis

Posted: November 14 2019

When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) in 2012, I sensed my life was going to change drastically — and not just because of the everyday work of managing my symptoms. My feelings were confirmed when I was admitted for my first long hospital stay, during which I learned I had pancolitis, a form […]

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News

Australia’s enthusiasm for medicinal emu oil takes flight, as producers push to keep up with demand

Posted: November 12 2019

Veteran emu farmer Wayne Piltz said the market has grown significantly in recent years, but production has not risen with it. Mr Piltz, now the only emu farmer in South Australia, currently has about 1,000 chicks at his Moorook farm in the state’s Riverland region. “It’s just got to the stage where there’s a lot […]

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Personal Story

Lemonade stand helps fight Cronh’s disease

Posted: November 12 2019

On the Friday before Labor Day, a quiet side street in Canton, Massachusetts, is buzzing with activity. Cars line both sides of the street, and kids ride their bikes back and forth. Local firetrucks and police cars sound their alarms in celebration. In fact, it seems the entire town of Canton has descended upon the […]

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News

Researchers aim to decode intestinal dangers of microcystin

Posted: November 7 2019

Every year, harmful algal blooms contaminate the waters of our very own Lake Erie, as well as other freshwater environments around the world. In fact, harmful algal blooms have affected every region of the United States and are growing in frequency all over the world. Currently, over 40 percent of lakes and reservoirs in Europe, Asia, and America have […]

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News

Doctors report first death from fecal microbiota transplant

Posted: November 7 2019

The donor stool that was used for the transplants contained a relatively rare type of drug-resistant bacteria called extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing E. coli (ESBL-producing E. coli). The man who died had been a participant in a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and had received fecal transplant capsules (made in November) with fecal material from a stool donor. […]

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Corticosteroid use excessive in IBD

Posted: November 7 2019

Corticosteroids are effective induction agents in inflammatory bowel disease but have no role in maintenance, and prolonged exposure can lead to a range of morbidities. Patient organizations have suggested that steroid free remission should be a key therapeutic target in inflammatory bowel disease, but corticosteroids remain a mainstay of treatment for this condition. Researchers previously […]

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