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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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Healthiest gut bacteria with plant-based or Mediterranean diet

Posted: October 21 2019

The study included four different groups of people: the population at large; people suffering from the chronic intestinal inflammatory disorder called Crohn’s disease; people with another similar gut disorder called ulcerative colitis; and people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This helped them describe the individual’s microbial pattern. This was then correlated with the results of […]

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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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Health Benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science

Posted: October 15 2019

The health benefits of expressing gratitude are many, and some might surprise you. Scholars, spiritual leaders, and scientist throughout history have deliberated on gratitude. More recently, the scientifically-validated benefits of gratitude are better understood. Regardless of who you are, or the circumstances of your life, the health benefits of gratitude are undeniable. There are numerous gratitude […]

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Your wellbeing matters

Posted: October 15 2019

The brain and gut are in constant conversation through a network of neural, hormonal and immunological messages and if you are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), these lines of communication are disturbed. It can be overwhelming and a bit stressful to start the conversation with your healthcare professional about how you’re feeling – but it […]

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Crohn’s disease study identifies genetic variant with potential to personalise treatment

Posted: October 10 2019

A UK wide collaboration led by the University of Exeter, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, has demonstrated that a genetic variant carried by 40% of the population explains why some patients develop antibodies against the anti-TNF drugs, infliximab and adalimumab and lose response. The authors conclude that a […]

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Genetic data now available for bacteria central to Crohn’s disease

Posted: October 10 2019

By studying a surgically removed, damaged bowel from a patient, researchers were able to culture bacteria from a special form of microscopic lesions that they earlier discovered and that can be present within the gut wall of the inflamed bowel in Crohn’s disease. After growing the bacteria in their laboratory, they chose one representative species, and performed a complete genome sequence […]

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When blood vessels are overly permeable

Posted: October 9 2019

Diseases in humans are often caused by malfunctioning cells. Epithelium cells, which form the barrier between the bowel and surrounding tissue, and inflammatory cells have been the focus of investigations of the mechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases of the bowel up to now. While it is well known that inflammatory cells can only reach the […]

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