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Gut reaction: how immunity ramps up against incoming threats

Posted: February 17 2020

Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute found, in laboratory models, that eating sets off a hormonal ‘chain reaction’ in the gut. Eating causes a hormone called VIP to kickstart the activity of immune cells in response to potentially incoming pathogens or ‘bad’ bacteria. The researchers also found that immunity increased at anticipated mealtimes […]

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5 major advances in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment

Posted: January 30 2020

Lymphoma not associated with anti-TNF therapy in pediatric IBD patients Anti-tumor necrosis factor (aTNF) drugs are among the most effective medications used to treat pediatric IBD. Despite their effectiveness, concerns regarding an association with lymphoma limit their use in everyday practice. Based on a large, geographically diverse administrative insurance claims database of 9,284 pediatric IBD […]

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To help IBD symptoms, target your microbiome with these foods

Posted: January 28 2020

A recent study on a new diet called the IBD-AID diet has shown that it may help. The diet focuses on correcting gut bacteria balance with probiotic and prebiotic foods. “Diet has a huge impact for IBD,” said Dr. David L. Suskind, a gastroenterologist with Seattle Children’s Hospital. He wasn’t involved in the research, but currently studies how […]

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Diet as therapy for IBD remains hindered by knowledge gaps

Posted: January 16 2020

As patients with Crohn’s disease seek guidance on how to handle their condition, there remains a knowledge gap regarding what, if any, specific dietary recommendations could become a mainstay therapy, according to a presentation at Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2019. “We don’t have enough definitive research to say that one diet is the right answer for […]

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10 Things you need to know about inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: December 17 2019

1. It’s not just about poo When people think about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – the umbrella term for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – they tend to only consider the digestive symptoms, which include stomach pain, bleeding when you go to the loo, and diarrhoea. While these can be debilitating, IBD actually goes far beyond this. […]

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Delicious holiday treats for people with ulcerative colitis

Posted: December 13 2019

The holidays are fast approaching, which means that there will be plenty of great food available — including dessert, of course. Problem is, if you have ulcerative colitis (UC), you may have more trouble indulging in sweets than people without inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although food doesn’t cause UC, certain foods can aggravate your symptoms. […]

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A restoration ecology perspective on the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

The human gut can be considered an ecosystem comprised of a community of microbes and nonliving components.

Chronic diseases are increasingly associated with disruption of this ecosystem. The science of restoration ecology was developed to restore degraded ecosystems, but its principles have not been applied widely to gut medicine, including the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One principle of ecological restoration is that “passive” restoration, which involves removing an ecosystem disturbance, […]

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Let’s talk about ulcerative colitis

Posted: November 28 2019

What Is Ulcerative Colitis, Anyway? Ulcerative colitis: Even the name is a mouthful. But let’s break it down. UC is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the colon (that’s the colitis part) and rectum. That inflammation leads to ulcers (that’s the ulcerative part), or open sores, in the intestinal lining that can bleed […]

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Let’s talk about Crohn’s disease

Posted: November 28 2019

What Is Crohn’s Disease, Actually? Before we talk about what Crohn’s disease is, let’s talk about what it isn’t. Because the chronic condition is, well, chronically misunderstood. While Crohn’s tends to conjure images of grimacing on le toilet, it doesn’t just impact the bowels. Crohn’s causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. That means it can […]

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Living with Crohn’s disease: Recognising and managing flares

Posted: November 28 2019

Tracking symptoms helps recognize Crohn’s disease flares early Flare-ups can be triggered by a variety of factors including changes in diet, new medications, infections and antibiotics, stress, and changes in the underlying disease itself. In some cases a specific trigger can be identified, but in many cases the trigger remains unknown. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease […]

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