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Telehealth assists infection control

Posted: March 18 2020

The six-month measure is part of the government’s plan to address the pandemic, allowing eligible Australians to access essential health services from their home while in quarantine or self-isolation. It is hoped that the strategy will reduce the risk of viral exposure to vulnerable members of the community. Who is eligible for telehealth services? People […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

Posted: March 18 2020

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia is committed to ensuring the latest, most up to date information is available for people living with inflammatory bowel disease, in relation to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Please click here to visit CCA’s COVID-19 Health Alert news page.

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Understanding the remission and relapse cycle in Crohn’s disease

Posted: March 17 2020

Remission Remission can mean different things based on the parameters used to describe it. Types of remission include: Clinical remission This is the term your doctor will typically use to describe your remission. It means your symptoms have improved or gone away. Yet you may still have inflammation in your GI tract. Endoscopic remission This […]

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Q&A: What GIs need to know about COVID-19

Posted: March 16 2020

Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease talked with our Chief Medical Editor, Edward V. Loftus, MD, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, about COVID-19 and what the GI community needs to do to address the growing panic. How should GIs be addressing the topic of coronavirus with their patients? Loftus: Late last week and this past weekend were kind of […]

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Ginger can help alleviate ulcerative colitis

Posted: March 6 2020

Ginger supplements may be the natural substance researchers have been searching for in the prevention and treatment of common inflammatory bowel diseases. Research published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine indicates that ginger, or Zingiber officinale root, may be of therapeutic value in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, a disease exacerbated by oxidative stress. While further research is needed […]

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Chronic inflammatory disease expenditures nearly double

Posted: February 18 2020

“Compared to healthy controls, we know that individuals with inflammatory bowel disease experience higher health care costs,” Benjamin Click, MD, says. “What we have also seen from prior studies is that historically, health care utilization such as hospitalizations and surgery accounted for the majority of expenditures.” To assess changes in cost of IBD care over time, Click […]

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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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