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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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Specialised immune cells could help repair inflammatory bowel disease damage in children

Posted: December 17 2019

“This study offers new hope for kids with IBD who urgently need new treatments by showing that Tr1 cells have the potential to reverse the damage caused by IBD,” said senior author Dr. Megan Levings, an investigator and head of the Childhood Disease Research Theme at BC Children’s and a professor in UBC’s department of […]

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Exposure to TNF inhibitors increases psoriasis risk in children with IBD, JIA

Posted: November 28 2019

The single-center study of electronic health record data from 2008 to 2018 included 4,403 children under 19 years at diagnosis, each with at least two ICD-9 or ICD-10 codes for JIA, IBD or chronic noninfectious osteomyelitis and at least two visits with a study center rheumatologist or gastroenterologist. Researchers defined TNF inhibitor exposure as at least […]

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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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Fetal gut has more well-developed immune capabilities than previously thought

Posted: October 17 2019

Liza Konnikova and her colleagues applied advanced cellular and genomic analyses to study the makeup of the immune system in gut tissues from 14- to 23-week-old fetuses and infants undergoing surgery to correct gut defects. “We were surprised to find that almost complete immune capacity in the gut had developed as early as 14 weeks, […]

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Raising awareness of Crohn’s disease

Posted: October 17 2019

I recently met a mum who wanted to share her story with me. As I sat opposite her in the coffee shop I could feel her pain, even though she was smiling and had a twinkle in her eye. As well as feeling her pain, I could feel her passion too. She was telling me […]

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Boy raises money to give young Crohn’s sufferers a less painful option

Posted: October 17 2019

Every six months, Cohen Martyniuk braces himself for a three-day ritual of pain that comes before he gets a colonoscopy to check on his Crohn’s disease. “I have to stay home, because what they do is give you a laxative and you basically go to the washroom and you sit there all day, and it’s […]

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Research

Guts to shape up in childhood

Healthy diet and lifestyle lay the foundation for good gut ‘microbiota’ in early childhood according to research published by The University of Queensland.

UQ Child Health Research Centre Adjunct Research Fellow and dietitian Dr Misa Matsuyama said her findings showed the importance of early life nutrition on gut microbiota in children aged 1-2 years. “The gut microbiota develops most rapidly in early life and diet is one of the most important factors directly influencing the make-up of these gut communities,” […]

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Kids with gut problems need mental health support

Childhood-onset IBD tends to have an even more severe disease course and longer duration than IBD diagnosed in adulthood.

We found that individuals with childhood-onset IBD were at increased risk of any psychiatric disorder and suicide attempt, including several categories of psychiatric disorders. Most of this association remained significant when comparing individuals with IBD with their siblings without IBD, thus accounting for environmental and genetic factors shared within siblings.  Our findings confirm and further […]

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Sunshine may decrease risk of inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: June 4 2019

More than 800,000 people live with the two life-long disorders which make up IBD — Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. The paediatric study was based in Melbourne and led by Professor Robyn Lucas, from the ANU College of Health and Medicine. “Taking children to play outside in the sun could be life-changing,” Professor Lucas said. […]

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