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  • 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.

  • Oct 2018

    Crohn's mouth ulcers: What to know

    People with Crohn’s disease may be more prone to mouth ulcers. Learn about the reasons why in this article. We also cover possible treatments.

  • Oct 2018

    Ileostomy: Everything you need to know

    In an ileostomy, a surgeon connects the lower part of the small intestine to an opening in the wall of the abdomen. This procedure allows stool to exit the body without passing through damaged portions of the bowel. Here, we describe ileostomy surgery, including preparation, recovery, and lifestyle adjustments.

  • Oct 2018

    Crohn's disease surgery: What to know

    While surgery cannot cure Crohn's disease, it can help reduce a person's symptoms and prevent life-threatening complications. In this article, learn about the different types of Crohn's disease surgery, how to prepare, and what to expect from recovery.

  • Oct 2018

    What to know about Accutane and Crohn's

    Some cases studies have identified a possible link between Accutane, an acne medication, and the development of Crohn’s disease. Does this medication increase a person’s risk? We look at the research.

  • Sep 2018

    Signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease in women

    Crohn's disease is equally common in men and women but can affect them differently. In this article, learn about four symptoms of Crohn's disease in females.

  • Sep 2018

    Scientists discover what drives inflammation in IBD

    The identification of a protein that regulates the mechanism behind gut inflammation in IBD should lead to better diagnosis and personalized treatments.

  • Sep 2018

    Is carrageenan safe to eat?

    Carrageenan is a controversial food additive. It is FDA-approved, but some scientists believe that it can cause inflammation, bowel disorders, and even certain cancers. In this article, we look at the research behind carrageenan, including its possible side effects, dangers, uses, and common foods that contain it.

  • Sep 2018

    What are the stages of Crohn's disease?

    Crohn's disease causes chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. Although Crohn's disease tends to get worse over time, symptoms can vary considerably and may sometimes disappear for weeks or even years. For this reason, doctors usually do not classify Crohn's into different stages. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    What are the best foods to avoid during a Crohn's disease flare-up?

    The symptoms of Crohn’s disease can worsen after eating certain foods, while other foods can help improve symptoms. The best foods to eat and avoid differ during a flare-up, however. We look at foods that people with Crohn’s should avoid during a flare-up, along with other diet tips for managing the disease.

  • Sep 2018

    What to know about Ally's Law

    Ally’s Law, or the Restroom Access Act, allows people with certain medical conditions to access a restroom if they have an urgent need to use one. These conditions include types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease. Learn more about the history of Ally’s Law, where it applies, and how to use it.

  • Sep 2018

    Is there a cure for Crohn's disease?

    Crohn's disease is a chronic disease for which there is currently no cure. Researchers are looking into specific bacteria, the microbiome, and inflammation to try to find a cure. For now, the goal of treatment is to relieve and reduce symptoms. Learn more about the latest developments in Crohn's disease treatment here.

  • Sep 2018

    Skin cancer: Common IBD, arthritis drug may raise risk

    A new study finds a link between a drug used widely to treat inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and vasculitis and a common form of skin cancer.

  • Aug 2018

    What are the signs of Crohn's disease?

    Cramping, stomach pain, and weight loss are some of the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease. The symptoms that the disease causes depend on its severity and the area of the digestive tract that it affects. Learn about the signs of Crohn’s disease, its complications, and other diseases that can cause similar symptoms.

  • Aug 2018

    What are gastritis and duodenitis?

    Gastritis and duodenitis are two similar conditions that involve inflammation of regions of the digestive tract. They share many symptoms, including stomach pain and nausea, and have the same causes. The treatment will depend on the cause of the problem, but doctors can usually cure these conditions effectively.

  • Aug 2018

    Why cannabis relieves IBD symptoms

    Cannabis users report that the drug relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. A new study explains the mechanism behind this anecdotal evidence.

  • Jul 2018

    Targeting one hormone may help treat bowel cancer

    A new study reveals that p38 protein in myeloid cells promotes gut inflammation and tumor formation with help from a hormone triggered by p38 in the cells.

  • Jul 2018

    Study shows how 'friendly' bacteria keep our gut healthy

    A new study explains the mechanism by which good bacteria help our guts stay healthy. The results have therapeutic implications for conditions such as IBD.

  • Jun 2018

    What is a gastrointestinal fistula and what causes one?

    A gastrointestinal fistula occurs when part of the digestive tract connects abnormally to the skin or another organ in the body. This severe condition often occurs after surgery and can cause complications such as malnutrition and severe pain. Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal fistulae here.

  • Jun 2018

    Could treating these immune cells cure IBD?

    By identifying a distinct group of CD4 T cells that create and perpetuate intestinal inflammation, scientists could be on track to finding a cure for IBD.

  • Jun 2018

    What to know about ischemic colitis

    Ischemic colitis happens when there is not enough blood flow to the colon. It tends to occur more often in people who are over 60 or have chronic conditions. Symptoms include cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. It may resolve on its own and diet changes can help, but in some cases treatment involves surgery. Learn more here.