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Prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome-type symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel disease in remission

A systematic review and meta-analysis

Summary Background Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) often report symptoms compatible with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which might have an effect on psychological health. However, previous estimates of the magnitude of this issue have not accounted for ongoing inflammation as the potential cause. We updated a previous systematic review and meta-analysis to determine prevalence […]

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The psychosocial burden of inflammatory bowel disease in adolescents and young adults

This study examined the psychosocial burden of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in young people aged 15‐25 years attending a tertiary specialist health centre for adolescents and young adults in Brisbane.

Methods Young people with IBD provided demographic information and psychosocial data via a cross‐sectional self‐report survey. Psychosocial data included the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K‐10), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS‐10), Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (Brief IPQ), World Health Organisation Wellbeing Index (WHO‐5), Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), Short Quality of Life Questionnaire for IBD (SIBDQ), […]

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Immune cells sculpt circuits in the brain

Brain immune cells, called microglia, protect the brain from infection and inflammation. It turns out that they also sculpt circuits in the developing brain in response to sensory cues.

Immune cells play an unexpected role in fine-tuning the brain’s neural circuits, according to research published in September, 2020 in Neuron. The immune cells that reside there, known as microglia, not only protect the brain from infection and inflammation, they also help physically sculpt circuits in the developing brain. The new work demonstrates that microglia also […]

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The Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation Resources

IBDYOGA.com is a series of video and audio exercises that will introduce you to yoga, breathing and meditation.

Designed by an experienced yoga teacher, Gina Norman of Kaia Yoga, and an IBD patient-physician, the program is intended to complement your medical treatment and inspire you to continue exploring the exercises in your local community classes. Access yoga videos via the Resources page.

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News

People with inflammatory bowel disease might be at higher risk for dementia, study finds

Posted: June 25 2020

According to the researchers, their study was the first to explore IBD as a factor for dementia.   “It’s been quite a few years that we’ve known IBD is associated with depression and anxiety,” said Dr. Bing Zhang, a fellow in the gastroenterology division of the department of medicine at the University of California, San […]

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When Crohn’s disease sparks depression

Posted: April 23 2020

Getting diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 16 was the last thing Cristina Tarankow expected or wanted. “It was all very difficult as a teenager—throwing up, losing weight—and I thought at first it was probably an eating disorder,” says the now 29-year-old Tarankow, who lives in Los Angeles. Instead, she learned her immune system was […]

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Psychologists essential to address gut-brain link in IBD treatment

Posted: January 7 2020

Deakin Associate Professor of Psychology Antonina Mikocka-Walus said the data showed it was essential psychologists be included in routine care for those with IBD, increasingly recognised as a disorder of the gut-brain axis. As part of her research, published recently in two sister papers in the Internal Medicine Journal and JGH Open, Associate Professor Mikocka-Walus surveyed 731 Australians […]

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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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Mental health diagnoses common in IBD, but may be lessening in veterans

Posted: December 3 2019

“The aim of this study was to identify temporal trends in incidence and prevalence of these mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and PTSD in this population of veteran patients with IBD,” they wrote. “Identifying these comorbid mental health problems within this patient population would improve health care practices by helping providers streamline appropriate treatment […]

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Personal Story

What it’s like to live with both a mental and physical illness at the same time

Posted: December 3 2019

I am one of those lucky people who live with both a chronic illness and mental illness. I have ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease which led to the removal of my large intestine, and I also have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And yes, it can […]

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