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Glial cells crucial to maintaining healthy gut immunity

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have uncovered a fundamental role of glial cells in the nervous system of the gut in maintaining a healthy intestine.

These cells have been found to coordinate the immune responses of the gut following pathogen invasion and could be key targets when exploring new treatments for inflammatory bowel conditions. Maintaining a healthy intestine and repairing tissue after infection or other types of injury is a complex process, and if this goes wrong, it can lead […]

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Too hot to handle: can our bodies withstand global heating?

Posted: October 21 2021

By Natalie Grover The impact of extreme heat on the human body is not unlike what happens when a car overheats. Failure starts in one or two systems, and eventually it takes over the whole engine until the car stops. That’s according to Mike McGeehin, environmental health epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Live Fearless Challenge raises 400k to support people living with Crohn’s and colitis

Posted: October 11 2021

By Lourdes Antenor The Live Fearless Challenge is a month-long personal fitness challenge held each year in September to raises funds for programs, education and support for people who have Crohn’s disease (Crohn’s) and ulcerative colitis (colitis), the two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease. The fundraising also supports research into the diseases. There […]

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National health literacy programme for people living with IBD

The aim of the CCA IBD project is to implement the Optimising Health Literacy and Access (Ophelia) process over 3 years to collaboratively codesign ways to improve delivery of information, services and resources for people with IBD and their carers.

Authors: Melanie Hawkins, Wayne Massuger, Christina Cheng, Roy Batterham, Gregory T Moore, Simon Knowles, Ranjit G Nadarajah, Leanne Raven, Richard H Osborne Introduction Non-government organisations (NGOs) represent the interests of the communities they serve, whether this be locally, nationally or internationally.1 The role of a community sector NGO is to give voice to its community through […]

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How to maintain your social life when you have IBD

Posted: October 11 2021

By Elizabeth Millard About two years ago, as Samantha Plevney was dealing with a major Crohn’s disease flare-up, she decided to tell her gastroenterologist how it was affecting her emotional health. “I told him that I’m alive but I’m not living,” she recalls. “Not being able to see my friends because of the uncertainty of […]

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Potential link between Crohn’s disease and fatty tissue discovered

New research led by a team at the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland has revealed a direct link between fatty tissue and Crohn’s disease.

The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports in a paper titled, “Adults with Crohn’s disease exhibit elevated gynoid fat and reduced android fat irrespective of disease relapse or remission.” The researchers, who collaborated with a team at University Hospital Limerick (UHL), are suggesting Crohn’s disease may be a fatty intestine condition. “Crohn’s disease (CD) is […]

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