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What moving to South Korea taught me about managing life and health with IBD

Posted: December 3 2021

By Sarah Breann Dinwiddie When the blogs I read warned there would be no central air, they didn’t lie. I shoved my face into a handheld fan, sweat dripping, a lanyard with my name on it hanging around my neck. It was 2018, I had been living with Crohn’s disease for over a decade, and I was […]

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Study links stress to Crohn’s disease flare-ups

Posted: November 29 2021

A possible link between psychological stress and Crohn’s disease flare-ups has been identified by a McMaster University-led study. Researchers using mouse models found that stress hormones suppressed the innate immune system that normally protects the gut from invasive Enterobacteriaceae, a group of bacteria including E. coli which has been linked to Crohn’s disease. Key to innate immunity is […]

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8 Ways to enjoy holiday parties with IBD

Posted: November 21 2021

By Holly Fowler Whether it’s avoiding trigger foods or dealing with fatigue, having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) makes it tricky enough to navigate social environments, like holiday parties. Add in pandemic-induced social anxiety, and we have a very challenging situation on our hands. Maybe it’s the eternal optimist in me, or the little kid in […]

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Personalised treatments for ulcerative colitis remission

Posted: November 19 2021

Although defining what constitutes a normal or healthy microbiota remains a current challenge in the field, scientists have suggested that the human-gut microbiota relationship is in a stable state of homeostasis that when perturbed moves towards another pre-disease or disease stable state that is more susceptible to the development of chronic diseases. Such observations resemble the behavior of […]

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Are there certain foods to avoid with ulcerative colitis?

Posted: November 19 2021

By Kathryn Watson and Natasha Lavender The minute you’ve been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, you may find yourself swamped with information about foods you should avoid and how to eat the “right” things to keep your symptoms in check. It’s true that anyone with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has different triggers that can make the condition feel so much […]

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A new tool for studying COVID’s impact on gut health

Posted: November 9 2021

By Lindsay Brownell Most of us are familiar with COVID-19’s hallmark symptoms of a loss of taste or smell and difficulty breathing, but a full 60% of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 also report gastrointestinal symptoms (GI) such as nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Infection of the gut, which expresses high levels of the ACE2 receptor […]

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