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What anyone with ulcerative colitis needs to know about colorectal cancer

Posted: January 23 2020

Having a chronic illness like ulcerative colitis affects your health in so many ways, from the daily issues, like terrible pain, to the big picture, like an increased risk of colorectal cancer. The connection between ulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer can be scary and confusing, but it’s an important one to understand. Here’s what you need to know […]

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What to know about Crohn’s and the eyes

Posted: January 9 2020

Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include cramps, diarrhea, and bloody stool. However, Crohn’s disease can also cause symptoms outside the digestive tract. These include skin complications, problems with joints, and eye disorders. About 10% of people with Crohn’s disease have eye-related symptoms or conditions. Due to the sensitivity of the tissues in the eye, symptoms may occur in this […]

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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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Crohn’s sufferers stay home over fears of being denied toilet access, disability lawyer says

Posted: November 28 2019

In 2017, Lower Hutt teenager Nicole Thornton, who has Crohn’s disease, presented a petition to Parliament asking for people like her to be given the right to use toilets at businesses when there were no public toilets nearby. In February, the Health Select Committee said in a report on the petition that forcing businesses to give members of the […]

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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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Common mistakes that can make ulcerative colitis worse

Posted: October 22 2019

When you experience an ulcerative colitis flare, it’s easy to assign blame, be it on last night’s spicy dinner or on that extra-large coffee. In actuality, flares are unpredictable — there are no proven triggers or foolproof ways to prevent them. The most important thing to do if you have ulcerative colitis? “Take your medications as prescribed […]

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Questions to ask yourself before downloading your next health app

Posted: August 28 2019

Check your symptoms. Track your diet. Sleep better. Worry less. Get fit for the beach. With app stores overwhelmed by products promising a better, healthier life, our phones are increasingly the first port of call for health and exercise guidance. Little wonder, when the claims sound great and the apps are free. But by turning […]

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Illness can morph you without your consent

Posted: June 13 2019

When I was first diagnosed, I was told that Crohn’s disease was chronic. I looked that word up. Chronic: “Persisting for a long time or constantly recurring.” I shrugged, “No big deal” I thought. The idea of a long time didn’t compute when I was in my early twenties. Because “a long time” doesn’t really […]

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Public toilets letting us down

Posted: June 4 2019

In his 1937 essay What is a City?, historian, sociologist and architecture critic Lewis Mumford described the city as a theatre — a space in which the social drama of urban life could play out. It’s unlikely he envisioned the daily drama of parents with young children, the sick, and the weak-of-bladder looking in vain […]

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