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Podcast: Sustainable wellness with Flic Manning

Posted: December 6 2021

Listen here. In this episode spoonie and wellness expert Flic Manning shares with us her personal strategies for navigating treatment, drugs, side effects and B.S. Hear how she interviews clinicians to see if they are the right fit for her! Plus why she shares her experience of Crohn’s disease publicly and without shame. About Flic Flic Manning […]

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How I cope with eating around the holidays and living with IBD

Posted: December 6 2021

By Rachel Dyckman, RDN As someone with ulcerative colitis, I used to dread holiday gatherings, with their heavy, hard-to-digest meals and abundance of alcoholic beverages. The fact that I couldn’t control what foods were served — coupled with uncertainty about bathroom access and feeling chronically fatigued — sounded like a recipe for disaster. During holiday seasons when […]

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Research

COVID-19 vaccine and IBD

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are frequently treated with immunosuppressive medications.

By Associate Professor Britt Christensen  Key Messages People with IBD are unlikely to be at increased risk of being infected with COVID-19 or developing serious health issues if they are infected with the virus. People using strong corticosteroids to manage Crohn’s or colitis are more likely to have health complications if they are infected with […]

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How to best support an exercise routine with IBD

Posted: December 5 2021

By Claudia Cramer There are also other challenges with having IBD which may be more invisible to the outside eye, and that is the mental toll of having a chronic disease. Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety are more common in people with UC and Crohn’s disease than the normal population. This makes […]

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Personal Story

What moving to South Korea taught me about managing life and health with IBD

Posted: December 3 2021

By Sarah Breann Dinwiddie When the blogs I read warned there would be no central air, they didn’t lie. I shoved my face into a handheld fan, sweat dripping, a lanyard with my name on it hanging around my neck. It was 2018, I had been living with Crohn’s disease for over a decade, and I was […]

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News

Study links stress to Crohn’s disease flare-ups

Posted: November 29 2021

Researchers using mouse models found that stress hormones suppressed the innate immune system that normally protects the gut from invasive Enterobacteriaceae, a group of bacteria including E. coli which has been linked to Crohn’s disease. Key to innate immunity is the protective barrier of epithelial cells in the gut, which rely on molecular signals from immune cells to […]

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8 Ways to enjoy holiday parties with IBD

Posted: November 21 2021

By Holly Fowler Whether it’s avoiding trigger foods or dealing with fatigue, having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) makes it tricky enough to navigate social environments, like holiday parties. Add in pandemic-induced social anxiety, and we have a very challenging situation on our hands. Maybe it’s the eternal optimist in me, or the little kid in […]

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Personalised treatments for ulcerative colitis remission

Posted: November 19 2021

Although defining what constitutes a normal or healthy microbiota remains a current challenge in the field, scientists have suggested that the human-gut microbiota relationship is in a stable state of homeostasis that when perturbed moves towards another pre-disease or disease stable state that is more susceptible to the development of chronic diseases. Such observations resemble the behavior of […]

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Are there certain foods to avoid with ulcerative colitis?

Posted: November 19 2021

By Kathryn Watson and Natasha Lavender The minute you’ve been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, you may find yourself swamped with information about foods you should avoid and how to eat the “right” things to keep your symptoms in check. It’s true that anyone with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has different triggers that can make the condition feel so much […]

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A new tool for studying COVID’s impact on gut health

Posted: November 9 2021

By Lindsay Brownell Most of us are familiar with COVID-19’s hallmark symptoms of a loss of taste or smell and difficulty breathing, but a full 60% of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 also report gastrointestinal symptoms (GI) such as nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Infection of the gut, which expresses high levels of the ACE2 receptor […]

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