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Slowed Growth Could Signal Crohn's Disease in Kids

Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 – A lag in growth could be a sign that a child might suffer from undiagnosed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially Crohn's disease, one pediatric doctor says. "Growth charts are one of the most important things we look at with children because sometimes a slower growth rate is the only sign of IBD, especially with Crohn's disease," Dr. Marc Schaefer, a pediatric gastroenterologist, said in a Penn State University news release. Other symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease in children include not wanting to eat, persistent stomach pains, and diarrhea or bloody stools, said Schaefer, who works at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa. Children with these symptoms should be evaluated, he suggested. Blood tests and endoscopy are also used to diagnose and to distinguish Crohn's from ulcerative colitis, another type of inflammatory bowel ... Read more

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Additives in Processed Foods May Alter Gut Bacteria

Posted 25 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 – A common ingredient in many processed foods might increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and metabolic syndrome, a new study in mice suggests. Emulsifiers are used to improve food texture and to extend shelf life. In experiments with mice, researchers found that emulsifiers can alter the make-up of bacteria populations in the digestive tract. This can lead to inflammation that may contribute to the development of IBD and metabolic syndrome, the researchers said. IBD – which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis – affects millions of people and is often severe and debilitating, according to the researchers. Metabolic syndrome is a group of obesity-related conditions that can lead to diabetes, as well as heart and/or liver diseases. But, it's important to note that this study was conducted in mice, and research done in mice doesn't ... Read more

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Mercury in Seafood May Raise Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Women: Study

Posted 10 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – The mercury found in some seafood may be linked to autoimmune disorders among women of childbearing age, new research suggests. Autoimmune diseases develop when the body's immune response goes awry and starts to attack healthy cells. Such diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and "Sjogren's syndrome." All told, these diseases affect roughly 50 million Americans, most of whom are women, the University of Michigan researchers said. "We don't have a very good sense of why people develop autoimmune disorders," study author Emily Somers said in a university news release. "A large number of cases are not explained by genetics," she added, "so we believe studying environmental factors will help us understand why autoimmunity happens and how we may be able to intervene to improve health outcomes. In our study, ... Read more

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Crohn's, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds

Posted 19 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 – The intestinal bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, may be inherited, researchers report. The findings, published recently in the journal Genome Medicine, could help in efforts to prevent the disease and treat the 1.6 million Americans with Crohn's or colitis, the study authors added. "The intestinal bacteria, or 'gut microbiome,' you develop at a very young age can have a big impact on your health for the rest of your life," lead author Dan Knights, an assistant professor in the department of computer science and engineering and the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota, said in a journal news release. "We have found groups of genes that may play a role in shaping the development of imbalanced gut microbes," he explained. The study of 474 adults with inflammatory bowel disease ... Read more

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Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study

Posted 3 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 – When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests. The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an injected, artificial antibody. This type of medication is widely seen as a safe and effective way to tackle a wide range of autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions that include ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It's not unusual for pregnant women to receive the treatment, given that inflammatory bowel diseases often strike women of childbearing age. However, this type of drug can cross the placenta and reach the fetus, the study authors said. And four French cases – all involving babies born to women exposed to Remicade (infliximab) during pregnancy – suggest the therapy may cause newborn ... Read more

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Popular Crohn's, Colitis Drugs Not Linked to Short-Term Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 18 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 – A popular class of drugs used to treat inflammatory bowel disease isn't linked to an increase in the short-term risk of cancer, Danish researchers report. Researchers found that people with Crohn's disease or colitis who received the drugs – tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a) antagonists – had about the same risk of cancer as other people with these inflammatory bowel diseases who were not treated with the medication. The drugs work by interrupting the function of TNF-a, a substance used by the immune system to increase inflammation. "Treatment with these drugs inhibits the inflammatory response in the gastrointestinal tract thereby leading to reduced symptoms," said lead author Dr. Nynne Nyboe Andersen of the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen. The problem is that TNF-a also serves a key role in protecting the body against cancer, raising concerns that ... Read more

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Drug Shows Promise for People With Colitis, Crohn's Disease

Posted 21 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 – An experimental drug may help some people who have inflammatory bowel disease that has failed to respond to current medications, two new clinical trials find. The drug, called vedolizumab, is being developed to treat the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Both arise when the immune system launches an abnormal attack on the lining of the digestive tract, leading to chronic inflammation and symptoms such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea and rectal bleeding. In the new trials, reported in the Aug. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that vedolizumab worked in some cases where standard IBD medications had failed. The drug was more effective for colitis than for Crohn's, however, and an expert not involved in the studies said he suspects vedolizumab might be approved for colitis ... Read more

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Study Finds No Tie Between Acne Drug Accutane and Crohn's, Colitis

Posted 20 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 – A new study counters the notion that the prescription acne drug Accutane raises the risk of Crohn's disease or colitis in women. The study of more than 45,000 women found no such link between Accutane (isotretinoin) use and these illnesses, which are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One expert not connected to the study called it a "welcome review." "There has been a lot of speculation and even litigation that Accutane causes inflammatory bowel disease," said Dr. Michele Green, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Dermatologists have been discouraged from using Accutane and the makers of Accutane have discontinued their production due to countless lawsuits," she noted, but "this study once again highlights the safety of Accutane." Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are the most common forms of IBD, a group of ... Read more

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Gene Study Yields New Clues to Crohn's Disease, Colitis

Posted 31 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 – Scientists say research into the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease – which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis – is revealing new insights into the origin of this set of illnesses. The researchers said they have linked genetic variations in 163 regions of the human genome with a heightened risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Of those regions, 71 are newly discovered. IBD comprises a group of chronic, autoimmune digestive disorders that affect 2.5 million people worldwide. Symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea and patients typically require lifelong treatment with drug therapy. Many also require surgery to repair tissue damage caused by the disease. In this study, researchers analyzed data from about 34,000 people who took part in 15 previous studies of either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. They also examined data ... Read more

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Antibiotics in Childhood May Increase Bowel Disease Risk: Study

Posted 24 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 24 – Use of certain antibiotics may put children at higher risk for developing bowel diseases, new research has found. The earlier children take antibiotics and the more they take, the higher the risk of later developing the inflammatory bowel diseases known as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the researchers found. "There appears to be a 'dose response' effect," said Dr. Matt Kronman, assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. "The more antibiotics children took, the more their risk increased." Earlier studies had suggested a link between bowel disease and antibiotics use, but most of those studies had limitations. The new study, published online Sept. 24 in the journal Pediatrics, looked at data on more than 1 million children 17 years old or younger in nearly 500 health practices ... Read more

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Travel to High Altitudes Tied to Crohn's, Colitis Flare-Ups

Posted 25 May 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25 – People with inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and colitis, may be at increased risk for flare-ups when they fly or travel to high altitudes for skiing or mountain climbing, a new study suggests. This complications affected patients with either Crohn's disease (which typically involves the small intestine) or ulcerative colitis (which typically involves the large intestine and rectum), but the risk appears to be higher in those with Crohn's disease, the researchers found. The study included 103 patients who were seen at inflammatory bowel disease clinics in Switzerland. The 52 patients with flares and the 51 patients who were in remission were asked about their activities during the previous month. Overall, patients with flares had made many more frequent flights or trips to areas above 6,500 feet. The study was to be presented Monday at the ... Read more

Related support groups: Crohn's Disease, Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Birth Control Pills, HRT Tied to Digestive Ills

Posted 21 May 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21 – The use of oral contraceptives by younger women or hormone therapy by older women may be linked with inflammatory bowel disease, new research indicates. Birth control pills are associated with a higher risk for Crohn's disease, said researcher Dr. Hamed Khalili, a clinical and research fellow of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Crohn's causes inflammation of the lining and wall of the large or small intestine, or both. The lining can become so inflamed it bleeds. Hormone replacement therapy taken by some women after menopause is linked with ulcerative colitis, the study found. It is a disease of the colon (large intestine) or rectum. It causes diarrhea, abdominal cramping and rectal bleeding. Khalili presented the findings Sunday at the Digestive Disease Week meeting, in San Diego. Of the two links they found, Khalili said, the association ... Read more

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Diagnostic Scans Tied to Radiation Risk for Gastro Patients

Posted 6 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 6 – Patients with digestive disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease may be exposed to significant levels of radiation from diagnostic imaging tests, a new study suggests. Irish researchers analyzed data from 2,590 patients with gastrointestinal disorders between 1999 and 2009, and found that 57 percent of them had undergone diagnostic imaging tests such as computed tomography (CT) imaging. Higher yearly and total levels of diagnostic radiation exposure were seen in patients with such conditions as inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, fatty liver disease and benign liver cysts, as well as in younger patients with irritable bowel syndrome and unexplained abdominal pain syndrome. The study appears in the April 1 online edition of the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. "Our results show that significant increases in radiation exposure in the last ... Read more

Related support groups: Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diagnosis and Investigation, Computed Tomography

Tropical Trip OK for Most With Crohn's, Colitis

Posted 27 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 – Among people with inflammatory bowel disease – a chronic intestinal disorder that commonly takes the form of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis – those who travel to developing nations or tropical locales do not have a greater risk of intestinal infections than other travelers, according to a new study. Researchers in Israel concluded that patients with inflammatory bowel disease who have not had symptoms for at least three months actually should be encouraged to travel. They noted, however, that compared with people who don't have the condition, inflammatory bowel disease patients have a greater risk for illness when visiting industrialized countries. "Inflammatory bowel disease patients are often advised to avoid travel, especially to the developing world. However, we found that the absolute risk of illness is small and most episodes were mild," the study's ... Read more

Related support groups: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Less Common in Sunny States

Posted 12 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12 – People who live in sunnier regions of the United States are less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease, a new study says. The findings support previous European research and could lead to new types of treatment and preventive measures, the study authors said. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which can be extremely painful and require surgery. The causes of IBD remain largely unknown. In this study, researchers analyzed long-term data collected from 238,000 participants in the Nurses' Health Study I and the Nurses' Health Study II, which were launched in 1976 and 1989, respectively. None of the participants had inflammatory bowel disease at the start of the studies. Compared to participants who lived in northern areas of the United States, those living in southern areas were 52 percent less likely to develop ... Read more

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