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PBS listing for Australians with a rare epilepsy condition and ulcerative colitis

Posted: May 10 2021

In a historic first, Australians living with a rare form of epilepsy will have access to a medicinal cannabis drug, which is being listed on Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the first time. From 1 May 2021, Australians living with Dravet syndrome, will have access to Epidyolex® (cannabidiol), a new treatment used in combination with […]

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5 Common mistakes that can make ulcerative colitis worse

Posted: May 10 2021

By Meghan Rabbitt When you live with ulcerative colitis (UC), you know that symptoms can return even if you’ve been in remission—and even if you’re doing everything you can to avoid a flare. Yet there are a number of missteps you might not even realize you’re making that can worsen your condition, says Matilda Hagan, M.D., co-director for […]

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Research

Diet–microbiota interactions in inflammatory bowel disease

Accumulating evidence suggests that the gut microbiota plays pivotal roles in the regulation of intestinal homeostasis and IBD pathogenesis.

By Kohei Sugihara and Nobuhiko Kamada  Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD), is a chronic and relapsing inflammatory disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. The prevalence of IBD has been increasing worldwide, affecting about 3 million people in the United States and 2.5 million people in Europe. Although the precise etiology […]

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Breaking the silence ahead of World IBD Day

Posted: May 5 2021

By Amanda Pedersen “You’re too young to be that sick.” That is what my former gastroenterologist said to me when I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis sometime around 2000. It was a confusing thing to hear, because despite being 19 years old at the time, I was that sick. Like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) […]

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How diet influences gut bacteria and inflammation

Posted: May 4 2021

By Robby Berman According to the authors of the new study, the gut microbiome influences the balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory responses in our digestive system and throughout our immune system. When an imbalance occurs, it might influence a diverse range of inflammatory-mediated conditions, such as: heart disease inflammatory bowel disease systemic lupus erythematosus rheumatoid arthritis Certain bacteria are […]

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Podcast: May is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month

Posted: May 3 2021

Find podcast here. This month aims to bring attention to inflammatory bowel disease which close to 100,000 Australians are affected by. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease. San Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Dr Aviv Pudipeddi who has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory […]

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Research

Podcast: Perivascular nerve dysfunction in inflammatory bowel disease

What is the effect of vascular function in the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?

Find podcast here. IBD patients are at greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease compared to age-matched peers. Listen as Consulting Editor Camilla Wenceslau (University of Toledo) interviews senior author Erika Boerman (University of Missouri) and expert Pooneh Bagher (Texas A&M Health Science Center) about this novel study by Norton et al. Decreased blood flow to […]

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Patients’ experiences and challenges in living with inflammatory bowel Disease

The purpose of this study was to explore patient experiences in living with IBD and uncover factors that contribute to psychological distress.

Purpose Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) significantly impacts patients’ quality of life and imposes a considerable psychological, social, and financial burden. While the relationship between disease activity and quality of life is well established, the subjective challenges of living with IBD are more difficult to assess, and suggestions for improving patient experiences are lacking. The aim […]

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The arthritis connection to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): why has it taken so long to understand it?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) associated arthritis is a subgroup of spondyloarthritis (SpA) that has suffered from lack of recognition in rheumatology clinical and research circles for over 100 years.

Introduction The initial description of a potential cause and effect relationship between arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) likely goes back to well over 100 years ago in 1895 where William H White wrote, ‘among twenty-three cases of ulcerative colitis… two had urate of soda in their joints’.1 Almost 30 years later and into the next […]

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What to eat to help reduce colon inflammation

Posted: April 28 2021

Medically reviewed by Sade Meeks, MS, RD — Written by Jenna Fletcher  During a Flare It is advisable for people with IBD to take the following measures with regard to their diet during a flare-up: Eat less fiber A person should choose white breads and rice over whole grain. Foods with less than 2 grams of fiber per serving are most suitable. Vegetables A person […]

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