Crohn's Disease Symptoms in Women
A recent article from U.S. News and World Report discusses Crohn’s disease in females and how symptoms and signs may differ when compared to Crohn’s in males.
This inflammatory bowel disease can cause additional challenges for women.
Running Through Ulcerative Colitis Literally Saved My Life
A recent article from Runner’s World shares the story of one runner with ulcerative colitis, her battle with the condition, her love of running, and how the sport has helped her.
Annabelle Winters experienced a serious hemorrhage postsurgery—but her runner’s heart helped her survive massive blood loss.
Immune system pathway may be key to Crohn's disease treatment
Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have published the results of a mouse-model study.
Using genetically-engineered mice with a Crohn’s-like condition, the researchers investigated the chronic inflammation that people genetically prone to Crohn’s disease often experience. The study looked at a type of protein called TWEAK and how it interacts with receptors called Fn14 on the surface of the intestine.
The Fn14 receptors were deleted in the mice.Those without receptors experienced less severe inflammation, while those with Fn14 receptors had chronic, ongoing inflammation, and scarring.
The researchers hope this can be investigated in a human model. It is suspected that if there is a way to block Fn14 using medication, it could make a huge difference in how Crohn’s disease impacts the human body.
The findings have been published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
A new study looks at the interaction between a specific protein and a type of receptor. Blocking this specific pathway may help treat Crohn’s.
Researchers from the University of Exeter are studying the relationship between IBD symptoms and the...
Researchers from the University of Exeter are studying the relationship between IBD symptoms and the development of depression.
After studying 120 study participants, it was found that 68 participants had Crohn’s disease and 49 had ulcerative colitis. Of these patients, 35 had active disease and 26 had depression. Those who had depression were more likely to be female, lacked social support, had active disease, and were taking corticosteroids, but not TNF-alpha inhibitors, while exhibiting less positive emotional recognition bias.
More research is needed to fully understand the link. The findings from this study have been published in the journal Neurogastroenterology & Motility.
Sending Kids Out to Play May Help Prevent Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Recent research shows that sun exposure may help to prevent IBD in children.
Researchers studied over 500 participants up to the age of 17. Parents or guardians completed questionnaires about children’s sun exposure during summer and winter, and how often children used sunscreen or covered up when they went outside.
It was found that the potential for sunlight to help protect against IBD was similar for boys and girls and for older and younger children, a darker tan was also associated with a lower risk of IBD, and that the use of sunblock didn’t appear to influence the potential for sunlight exposure to reduce the risk of IBD.
More research is needed to fully understand the possible link. The findings have been published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
Children who spend more time outdoors may be less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease than kids who mostly stay inside, a new study suggests.
Ulcerative colitis: Fresh approaches to taming inflammation
A short video from Nature discusses various approaches towards treating inflammation due to ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis is a common form of inflammatory bowel disease. For many people with the condition, widely prescribed anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressi…
Plant-Based Diet May Help Crohn's Disease Remission, Case Report Suggests
🌿A recent article from Forbes discusses a case report and prior research studies showing that adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet may help to reduce flares and symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease. It is hoped that continued research will help to provide a clearer answer.🌱
A recent case report published in the journal, Nutrients demonstrates that eating a plant-based diet may be an effective treatment to help induce remission in Crohn’s disease.
Crohn's Couldn't Stop Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr.
A recent article from Forbes discusses Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr., his journey with Crohn’s disease, and how his journey has led to the creation of his foundation: Athletes vs. Crohn’s and Colitis.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. shares with Forbes his battle with Crohn’s disease and how he’s making it his life’s mission to raise awareness through his foundation, Athlete’s vs. Crohn’s and Colitis.
Can Your Fitbit Tell You When a Common Digestive Disorder Will Start to Flare?
Recent preliminary research from a small study shows that FitBit trackers may help to show signs of an IBD flare.
Researchers state that more research is needed to further back these claims.
This can be an important step toward thwarting a flareup before it begins, too.
Ulcerative colitis and cancer: Am I at higher risk?
A recent article from Medical News Today discusses a possible link between ulcerative colitis and the risk of colorectal cancer.
Ulcerative colitis (UC) causes inflammation in the digestive system. This may increase the risk of certain cancers. Learn more about the link between UC and cancer, as well as when to see a doctor and how to reduce the risk of cancer, here.
Today is World IBD Day — building awareness of Crohn's and UC
Today is World IBD Day. This day is dedicated to building awareness of Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation:
💊More than 10 million people worldwide live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. 💊Every patient experiences IBD differently. 💊These conditions can affect anyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity and more.
IBD: Blood test could help predict severity, improve treatment
A recent article from Medical News Today discusses a blood test being developed by researchers to help detect the level of severity of IBD in patients. It is hoped that this can be used to tailor treatment plans to each individual’s needs.
Predicting the severity of an individual case of IBD may help guide treatment. A new study outlines a blood-based test that can predict IBD’s course.
Stem Cell Procedure Offering Hope Of Breakthrough Cure For Crohn's Disease
A recent article discusses the use of stem cells in the treatment of Crohn’s disease. While more research is needed on the topic, some in European trials are having significant success.
The experimental procedure is just for Crohn’s patients who’ve failed all other treatments.