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  • Mar 2019

    Stelara vs. Humira: What's the difference?

    Stelara and Humira are two biologics that help treat immune conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis and Crohn’s disease. In this article, we look at the similarities and differences in their effects, benefits, and risks.

  • Mar 2019

    IBD: New approach to symptom relief looks promising

    Blocking a protein associated with blood clotting reduced IBD symptoms in mice, offering a promising alternative to therapies that target inflammation.

  • Mar 2019

    IBD: A low-calorie plant diet relieves inflammation, repairs gut

    Cycles of a low-calorie, plant-based diet reduced inflammation, prompted tissue repair, and promoted good bacteria in intestines of mice with IBD symptoms.

  • Mar 2019

    What are the facts of Crohn's disease?

    Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation along the digestive tract. Here, we discuss Crohn’s disease facts, including causes, risk factors, prevalence, treatment options, and costs. We also describe the differences between Crohn’s and some other digestive disorders.

  • Feb 2019

    Treating constipation in Crohn's disease

    Crohn's disease typically causes frequent diarrhea, but some people also have constipation. Constipation can result from medications or strictures, and treatment options include dietary and lifestyle changes, laxatives, and bowel training. Learn more here.

  • Jan 2019

    What to expect during a bowel resection

    A small bowel resection is a type of surgery in which the surgeon removes a damaged part of the small intestine and rejoins the healthy parts. A doctor may recommend this surgery for people with severe complications of Crohn’s disease, such as strictures and fistulas. Learn more here.

  • Jan 2019

    Crohn's disease and joint pain

    Crohn’s disease causes joint pain in some people, as well as its typical gastrointestinal symptoms. Treatment for joint pain in people with Crohn’s depends on the type and severity of the pain. Learn more here.

  • Jan 2019

    Risks of leaving ulcerative colitis untreated

    Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can vary in severity. If people leave it untreated, symptoms can gradually get worse and may become more difficult to treat in the future. Treatment also reduces the risk of serious complications. Learn more here.

  • Jan 2019

    Immune system vs. gut bacteria: How vitamin A 'keeps the peace'

    New research illuminates the vital role that moderate levels of vitamin A have in preventing the immune system from attacking the bacteria in our guts.

  • Dec 2018

    Can chemotherapy help treat Crohn's?

    When traditional treatments for Crohn's disease are unsuccessful, a doctor may prescribe chemotherapy. Learn about whether chemo is safe, the different types available, and whether there are any side effects here.

  • Dec 2018

    IBD increases prostate cancer risk by fivefold

    According to a new study, inflammatory bowel disease increases the risk of developing prostate cancer. This finding opens up a challenging clinical debate.

  • Dec 2018

    Colorectal cancer: Loss of two genes may drive tumor formation

    New research shows how the loss of two genes may drive an aggressive form of colorectal cancer. The findings also point to a potential new treatment.

  • Dec 2018

    Can marijuana ease symptoms of Crohn's disease?

    In regions where it is legal, many doctors are prescribing medical marijuana to treat certain conditions. Some small studies suggest that marijuana may also have the potential to relieve symptoms of Crohn’s disease. However, more research is necessary to confirm these findings. Learn more here.

  • Dec 2018

    Crohn's disease and pregnancy

    Crohn's disease and pregnancy can affect each other. However, most women who conceive while their Crohn's disease is in remission can have a normal pregnancy and healthy baby. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    What is the difference between IBS and IBD?

    Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are both types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Another condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause similar symptoms to IBD. However, IBD and IBS are two different conditions with different causes and treatments. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    Best foods for a Crohn's disease flare-up

    In a person with Crohn's disease, a flare-up can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and a loss of appetite. Eating the right foods during a flare-up can help ease symptoms and speed recovery. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    What can cause a change in bowel habits?

    Changes in bowel habits are often temporary and harmless. However, severe or long-lasting changes can indicate more serious health issues. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Ulcerative colitis stool: A visual guide

    Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause a variety of stool changes. Learn about the symptoms and possible treatment options in this article.

  • Oct 2018

    Can Crohn's disease be fatal?

    Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract. People do not usually die from the disease, but it can increase the risk of severe or fatal complications. In this article, learn about life-threatening complications of Crohn’s disease, including their symptoms.

  • Oct 2018

    Cannabis relieves symptoms in Crohn's disease

    Cannabis oil relieves symptoms and improves quality of life in people with Crohn's disease even though it has no impact on gut inflammation, study reveals.

  • Oct 2018

    Surgery for ulcerative colitis: What to know

    Sometimes, medications for ulcerative colitis do not adequately control the symptoms, and a person may need surgery. Learn about the types of procedure and what to expect.

  • Oct 2018

    Best medications for treating diarrhea in Crohn's disease

    Diarrhea is common in Crohn’s disease and can come on suddenly, greatly interfering with a person’s daily life. Here, we look at the different anti-diarrheal medications that may help people with Crohn’s who experience diarrhea.

  • Oct 2018

    What to expect from Crohn's infusions

    Crohn's infusions are medications called biologics that can help reduce Crohn's symptoms. Learn about the types of Crohn's infusions, the side effects, and what to expect.

  • Oct 2018

    Differences between lactose intolerance and Crohn's disease

    Crohn’s disease and lactose intolerance both affect the digestive system and cause some of the same symptoms, such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. However, these two conditions also have their own specific symptoms and differ in their causes, risks factors, diagnosis, and treatment. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Are probiotics good or bad for Crohn's disease?

    Researchers are increasingly looking into whether probiotics can help reduce symptoms for people with inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease. In this article, we look at the possible benefits and risks, as well as what the current research concludes.