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Crohn's and Colitis

Lingering food poisoning bacteria linked to cause of Crohn's disease

2016-10-12 12:47

New research suggests the cause of Crohn's disease could be gut bacteria that lingers after a bout of food poisoning has occurred.

The finding could have implications for helping to predict who is at risk for Crohn's disease later in life, according to McMaster University researchers.

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First study shows creeping fat plays a role in IBD

2015-08-05 22:44

New research highlights a potential role of intra abdominal fat in the development and progression of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. This is the first time fat that wraps around the intestines has been linked to ulcerative colitis.

Creeping fat cells found in the abdominal cavity were studied in the lab and shown to promote inflammation associated with IBD.

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How vitamin D might help Crohn's disease

2015-06-16 20:49

Results of a small pilot study suggest vitamin D might help keep Crohn's disease in remission and improve quality of life for people diagnosed with the inflammatory bowel disease.

The finding that is published in the United European Gastroenterology Journal included just 27 participants.

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Researchers test fecal transplant, stem cells for treating Crohn's disease

2015-04-13 19:33

Fecal transplant may be an option for Crohn's disease treatment according to preliminary research conducted among children. A second study recently found stem cells can help repair fistulas that are an all too common complication of Crohn's disease.

In one study fecal transplant that uses feces from a healthy donor resulted in remission of Crohn's disease in seven out of nine children treated.

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Common food ingredient linked to Crohn's, colitis

2015-03-06 10:34

New research suggests emulsifiers that are in the bread you eat every day and in a wide variety of other foods may be contributing to chronic inflammation of the gut that leads to Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and more.

Researchers studied the effect of polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulsose in mice to find the emulsifiers promote inflammation.

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Zebrafish provide insights into how Crohn's disease and colitis develop

2015-02-21 12:23

Researchers know that people with inflammatory bowel disease have higher levels of tumor necrosis factor or TNF that is an inflammatory cytokine. Therapy for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis is geared toward inhibiting the pro-inflammatory protein to control symptoms. New information from Duke researchers gives insights into epigenetic changes that cause up-regulation of TNF and inflammation associated with the bowel disorders, thanks to zebrafish.

For their study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,.the researchers used zebrafish that are transparent as embryos to visualize changes in the gut that occur in respon

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Global initiative underway to find cause of Crohn's disease

2015-01-22 06:29

International researchers are teaming up to explore what factors lead to Crohn's disease. Many questions remain about the autoimmune disorder that is difficult to manage and incurable. Scientists from Canada and Scotland are coordinating efforts to uncover why Crohn's disease is on the rise. The scientists are looking at families for help understanding IBD.

The hope is that understanding how Crohn's disease develops will lead to better treatments. Crohn's disease has doubled in young people in Scotland every decade for the past 40-years.

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Natural protein could help spare IBD patients from surgery

2015-01-19 21:05

Patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease often develop scarring that leads to narrowing or stricture of the colon. Researchers recently studied a natural protein that might be developed to help limit the amount of intestinal scarring from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, helping spare patients from the need for surgery.

IBD can often lead to repeated surgeries. Quelling inflammation in the colon is a goal of treatment.

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New Crohn's disease damage index tool could help minimize complications

2015-01-12 13:31

Crohn's disease affects everyone differently. Sometimes the damage causes by the form of inflammatory bowel disease is difficult to measure, making it difficult to minimize complications. A new scoring index has now been created by researchers that measures the total damage to the intestines caused by Crohn's disease.

The scoring tool, known as the Lémann Index, was developed by the International Program to Develop New Indexes in Crohn’s Disease (IPNIC) group and is the first tool to take into account the extent

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Friendly yeast gobbling bacteria could help treat Crohn's disease

2015-01-10 10:22

Researchers from the UK and American recently discovered how a yeast gobbling bacteria could help treat Crohn's and other autoimmune diseases. For the first time, scientists have pinpointed a specific immune boosting bacteria that is stimulated when we consume bread,beer and other fermented or yeast containing foods rich in carbohydrate.

The researchers discovered how Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron that is a dominant human gut bacteria could contribute to nourishing the cells in the intestine to provide a protective effect against Cr

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