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Top 5 wellbeing tips with Flic

Posted: September 16 2020

Tip 1 Having IBD means that wellbeing needs to be your first priority. You not only deserve great wellbeing anyway because you are a human (not just a set of symptoms), but your body will not tolerate anything less. Tip 2 Breathing techniques can be game changers when used proactively and reactively for IBD. Something […]

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Research

The psychosocial burden of inflammatory bowel disease in adolescents and young adults

This study examined the psychosocial burden of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in young people aged 15‐25 years attending a tertiary specialist health centre for adolescents and young adults in Brisbane.

Methods Young people with IBD provided demographic information and psychosocial data via a cross‐sectional self‐report survey. Psychosocial data included the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K‐10), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS‐10), Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (Brief IPQ), World Health Organisation Wellbeing Index (WHO‐5), Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), Short Quality of Life Questionnaire for IBD (SIBDQ), […]

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Immune cells sculpt circuits in the brain

Brain immune cells, called microglia, protect the brain from infection and inflammation. It turns out that they also sculpt circuits in the developing brain in response to sensory cues.

Immune cells play an unexpected role in fine-tuning the brain’s neural circuits, according to research published in September, 2020 in Neuron. The immune cells that reside there, known as microglia, not only protect the brain from infection and inflammation, they also help physically sculpt circuits in the developing brain. The new work demonstrates that microglia also […]

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The best strength training workout is surprisingly easy

Posted: September 14 2020

As a fitness columnist, I get lots of questions about the best way to work out. Many of these queries are about strength training: How many workouts per week are necessary? Do I need to lift weights, or are body weight exercises like pushups and lunges enough? Is it better to do a few repetitions […]

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Lack of treatment compromising NZ patients

Posted: September 10 2020

Senior Clinical Nurse specialists caring for some of New Zealand’s sickest bowel disease patients say the Government has turned its back on their patients by refusing to fund routine, mainstream treatments that have been in use around the world for the past several years. They say that in denying treatment for these severely ill patients […]

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CCA IBD PhD Scholarship

Posted: September 10 2020

This scholarship makes a provision of $25,000 per annum for up to (3) years full-time supporting CCA’s strategic priority of building inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research capacity in Australia whilst we search for a cause or cure for IBD. The award is designed for candidates at an early stage in their careers, for example (but […]

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“I don’t want my friends to know”

Posted: September 7 2020

Read ‘I don’t want my friends to know’ – young people on growing up with Crohn’s or colitis by Bernie Carter, Alison Rouncefield-Swales and Pamela Qualter. Young people with chronic health conditions cope with all of the usual challenges of growing up – making friends, changing schools, adapting to new situations, developing a sense of self, and dealing with interpersonal conflict. […]

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Research

The Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation Resources

IBDYOGA.com is a series of video and audio exercises that will introduce you to yoga, breathing and meditation.

Designed by an experienced yoga teacher, Gina Norman of Kaia Yoga, and an IBD patient-physician, the program is intended to complement your medical treatment and inspire you to continue exploring the exercises in your local community classes. Access yoga videos via the Resources page.

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Questions to ask your doctor after an ulcerative colitis diagnosis

Posted: September 1 2020

Read full 8 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After an Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis by Korin Miller.   It can be scary and confusing to struggle with symptoms like bloody diarrhea, fever, and fatigue. If you seek answers about potential causes and receive an ulcerative colitis diagnosis in return, that can be a lot to take in. You’re far from alone, […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease linked to an immune cell run amok

Posted: August 31 2020

Read Inflammatory bowel disease linked to an immune cell run amok by Scott LaFee. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of intestinal disorders affecting an estimated six to eight million people worldwide. Although there are many treatments for IBD, a number of patients fail to respond long-term, leaving those afflicted with a host of chronic […]

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