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Baby's Diet Could Cut Lifetime Odds for Crohn's, Colitis

Toddlers are famously picky eaters, but parents may be doing their young child's future gut a huge favor if they insist on a healthy diet.

New research shows that toddlers who eat plenty of fish and vegetables, and precious few sugary drinks, are less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by the time they are teenagers. IBD includes conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulce...

Subtle Changes Could Predict Inflammatory Bowel Disease Years Before Symptoms Hit

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Inflammatory bowel disease starts to develop years before patients come down with symptoms, a new study suggests.

Gut changes can be detected in blood tests up to eight years before a diagnosis of Crohn's disease and up to three years prior to a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, according to findings recently published in the journal

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  • November 13, 2023
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  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke

    Having inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, could mean having a higher long-term risk of stroke, according to a new study.

    People with IBD are 13% more likely to have a stroke up to 25 years after their diagnosis than those without the condition, the researchers found. Their report was published June 14 in the journal Neurology.

    “These results show that people with inflamm...

    Crohn's Disease: What Is It, and How Can It Be Treated?

    Crohn's disease can turn your life into a gastrointestinal nightmare, but there is hope.

    According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), more than half a million Americans have Crohn's diseas...

    FDA Approves First Pill to Treat Moderate-to-Severe Crohn's Disease

    Patients with Crohn's disease have a new treatment option, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of a pill called Rinvoq (upadacitinib).

    Rinvoq is meant to treat adults with moderately to severely active Crohn's disease who have not had success with TNF (tumor necrosis factor) blockers. The daily pill is the first oral treatment for this group of patients.

    Crohn's is ...

    Household Factors Can Raise a Child's Odds for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    What puts kids at risk for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and what could help prevent it?

    A review of 36 observational studies that included 6.4 million kids offers some key clues.

    Taking antibiotics at an early age, eating a Western diet and living in a more affluent family were associated with an increased IBD risk. But living in a household with pets and siblings and...

    Crohn's Disease: What It Is, Symptoms & Treatment

    Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, has no cure. But there are many treatments, specific to type, and it is possible to keep the symptoms under control.

    A gastroenterologist offers some tips for those newly diagnosed with the condition.

    “It's important to get a proper diagnosis and see an experienced inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) provider, preferably at a ce...

    Frequent Use of Antibiotics Linked With Higher Odds for Crohn's, Colitis

    Overuse of antibiotics may trigger inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), new research suggests.

    Among folks who were 40 or older, a new study found that antibiotics may increase the risk for bowel diseases, such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, for one to two years after use. And the greatest risk was posed by two classes of antibiotics — nitroimidazoles and fluoroquinolones — often use...

    Just Being Healthy Might Prevent Many Cases of Crohn's, Colitis

    Folks who follow a handful of healthy habits can dramatically reduce their risk of developing an inflammatory bowel disease, a new study reports.

    Adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can prevent up to 60% of cases of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to research published Dec. 6 in the journal

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  • 'High-Risk' Sex Could Raise Odds for Crohn's, Colitis in Gay Men

    Compared with heterosexual men, gay men are more than twice as likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) when engaging in “high-risk” sexual behavior, new research shows.

    The definition of high-risk behavior was having sexual contact with multiple partners or without a condom.

    “To our knowledge, this is the first large population-based study that demonstrates a higher...

    Study Uncovers Strong Links Between Depression and Crohn's, Colitis

    New research points to a compelling interplay between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and depression.

    IBD includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition to the physical pain that these illnesses c...

    Heavy Antibiotic Use Tied to Development of Crohn's, Colitis

    The more antibiotics that seniors take, the greater their risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a new study suggests.

    The findings could help explain some of the increase in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (common types of IBD) among older adults, according to the study...

    COVID Vaccine Spurs Good Response in People With Crohn's, Colitis

    Here's some comforting news for people who struggle with inflammatory bowel disease and worry that the immune-suppressing drugs they must take might blunt their response to COVID-19 vaccines: New research finds vaccination triggers a strong immune reaction in these patients.

    "At eight weeks, following completion of a two-dose mRNA vaccine series, 99% of patients had detectable antibodies ...

    New Hope for IBD Patients

    A drug previously approved for multiple sclerosis also can treat inflammatory bowel disease in some patients, a new clinical trial reports.

    The medication, ozanimod (Zeposia), proved effective in helping patients with ulcerative colitis, sending many into full remission, according to results being published Sept. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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    Statin Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Ulcerative Colitis

    Millions of people take statins to lower their cholesterol, and new research suggests these drugs may also ease ulcerative colitis.

    An inflammatory bowel disease with no real cure, ulcerative colitis causes sore spots on the lining of the colon that can lead to rectal bleeding, diarrhea and c...

    COVID-19 Vaccines Boost Antibodies, Even in People With Weak Immune Systems

    COVID-19 vaccines trigger antibody production in most people who have weakened immune systems, but a new study reveals that their responses are weaker than in healthy people.

    "Some of our patients have been hesitant about getting vaccinated, which is unfortunate because they are at increased risk of having more severe cases of COVID-19 if they happen to get infected, compared to those not...

    Vitamin D Won't Help Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Study

    Taking vitamin D supplements won't improve painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), British researchers report.

    IBS is a chronic digestive disorder that can cause stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. Symptoms come and go for some people, but the condition can severely affect quality of life for many.

    Previous research has suggested a link between low vitam...

    Ultra-Processed Foods Might Help Drive Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    If you need another reason to eat healthy, new research suggests that eating lots of packaged snacks and other ultra-processed foods could increase your risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

    Ultra-processed foods also include packaged baked goods, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals, ready-to-eat meals with food additives, and reconstituted meat and fish items.

    These products often hav...

    COVID Vaccines Appear Safe for People With IBD

    The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe for people with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), a new study finds.

    IBDs -- which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- are chronic conditions caused by an overreactive intestinal immune system, resulting in chronic diarrhea and other digestive symptoms.

    In this study, researchers looked at 246 adult IBD patie...

    What Diet Is Most Likely to Help Ease Crohn's Disease?

    People who have Crohn's disease often seek to ease their symptoms by changing what they eat, and new research suggests the Mediterranean diet may be their best bet.

    The study evaluated one of the commonly used diets for Crohn's disease, known as the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), comparing it with the Mediterranean diet, which is sometimes recommended by doctors for its heart health be...

    Lockdowns Improved Symptoms for People With IBS

    People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) had milder symptoms during the COVID-19 lockdown, possibly due to reduced stress levels and more control over their diet, Argentine researchers report.

    "We think the results have something to do with people staying at home," said study author Dr. Juan Pablo Stefanolo. "They were not exposed to outside stress, and at home they were able to avoid f...

    Could a Yeast Found in Cheese Be Key to Easing Crohn's Disease?

    A new tissue infection has been identified in Crohn's disease patients, and researchers say their finding could ultimately lead to better treatment of the common inflammatory bowel disease.

    Areas of unhealed wounds in the intestines of Crohn's patients have elevated levels of a type of yeast widely found in cheese and processed meat, the new study found.

    The researchers discovered t...

    New Clues to Crohn's Disease in Kids

    Important clues about Crohn's disease in children have emerged in new research.

    Scientists analyzed gene expression in individual cells in the inner lining (epithelium) of the intestines of human fetuses, six to 10 weeks after conception.

    Then, they examined tissue from the intestines of 4- to 12-year-olds with Crohn's disease.

    The upshot: Some of the cellular pathways active ...

    Can Having IBD Shorten Your Life?

    People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) live longer than they used to, but still die at a younger age than those without the condition, a new study out of Canada finds.

    IBD includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. People with IBD often have inflammation beyond the intestinal tract. They have an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, arthritis and other conditions, the resea...

    Study Probes Links in Asthma, Food Sensitivity and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Teens who had asthma and food hypersensitivity when they were younger are at increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers report.

    For the study, the investigators examined the health of 2,770 children from birth to age 16. Kids with IBS at age 16 were more likely to have had asthma at age 12 (about 11% versus 7%).

    In addition, the researchers found t...

    Researchers Identify Bacteria Responsible for Key Crohn's Complication

    Leaking bacteria from the intestine triggers "creeping fat" that often occurs in people with Crohn's disease, according to a new study.

    Creeping fat is abdominal fat that wraps around the intestines of patients with this type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It was unknown what triggered the fat to do this.

    "Creeping fat is often a landmark for surgeons performing resect...

    His Body Brewed Its Own Alcohol, But a Fecal Transplant Shut the Brewery Down

    In a first, doctors have used a fecal transplant to treat a rare condition that causes the body to brew its own alcohol.

    The disorder, known as auto-brewery syndrome (ABS), occurs when yeast builds up in the gut and converts sugar from food into alcohol. The result is a lot like being drunk: Blood alcohol spikes, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, coordination problem...

    High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet May Help People With Ulcerative Colitis

    A low-fat, high-fiber diet may improve the quality of life of patients with ulcerative colitis, a new study finds.

    "Patients with inflammatory bowel disease always ask us what they should eat to make their symptoms better," said researcher Dr. Maria Abreu. She's a professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.


    New Guidelines Say No to Probiotics for Digestive Woes

    There isn't enough scientific evidence to support using probiotics to treat most digestive disorders, according to a new American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) guideline.

    Probiotics are living, microscopic organisms found in foods or dietary supplements, according to the AGA. They include certain bacteria and yeasts.

    An estimated 3.9 million American adults have take...

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Are Linked: Review

    There's an association between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and celiac disease, according to a new research review.

    Researchers analyzed dozens of studies published between 1978 and 2019 that included tens of millions of people in Europe, North America and Asia.

    They found that people with a previous diagnosis of celiac disease had a ninefold increased risk of IBD, and ...

    Study Spots Ties Between Rheumatoid Arthritis, Other Diseases

    People with inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes or blood clots may be at increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis -- and people with rheumatoid arthritis are at added risk for heart disease, blood clots and sleep apnea, researchers say.

    Their findings could improve understanding of how rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develops and also lead to earlier detection and screening for other...

    Obesity May Be Upping Rates of Pancreatic Cancer Worldwide

    Rising rates of obesity and diabetes could be pushing up rates of pancreatic cancer across the globe, a new report suggests.

    Global rates of colon cancer are also on the rise, although fewer cases are now proving deadly, researchers said.

    Colon cancer rates and pancreatic cancer deaths rose by 10% worldwide between 1990 and 2017, according to a new study of global trends...

    Could You Have a Sensitive Gut?

    If you've ever wondered why emotional distress causes stomach cramps or a mad dash to the bathroom, know that there's a direct line of communication that runs from your brain to your digestive tract.

    It's called the enteric nervous system, and it can have a powerful effect.

    For instance, when you feel nervous or threatened, digestion can slow or stop so that your body can fo...

    Many Kids With Chronic Illness Are Still Happy: Study

    Many children deal with chronic health issues -- but it doesn't mean they can't enjoy life as much as other kids, a new study finds.

    Researchers found that among more than 1,200 5- to 9-year-olds, those with some of the most common childhood ills were no less happy with their lives than other kids.

    They said the findings highlight an important point: Kids aren't "defined" by...

    Skin Fungi May Be Tied to Bowel Disease

    Crohn's disease involves inflammation of the digestive tract. But new research into its causes is focusing on fungi commonly found on the skin.

    These microscopic fungi, called Malassezia restricta, are linked to dandruff. They're found in oily skin and scalp follicles, but they also end up in the gut. However, it's not known how they get there or what they do.

    The fun...

    'Poop Transplants' May Help Ease Painful Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease triggering pain and bloody stools, and it can raise the odds for colon cancer.

    But now, research suggests that fecal transplants -- basically, delivering a healthy person's stool into the colitis patient's digestive tract -- may be an effective treatment.

    The Australian team behind the small study said the strategy m...