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Gene Test Predicts Risk of 5 Common Diseases

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – A new type of genetic analysis could identify millions of Americans at high risk for five serious and common diseases, researchers report. The diseases include coronary artery disease, the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and breast cancer. Researchers tested and validated the genetic risk score on data from more ...

Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face an increased risk of cancer, a new study claims. The risk persists into adulthood, and is especially elevated for gastrointestinal cancers, the researchers added. The "extent and duration of chronic inflammation might be the main driving mechanisms underlying the increased risk of cancer," the researchers suggested. ...

Country Kids Less Likely to Develop Bowel Disease Than Their City Cousins

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – People in rural areas may be less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than those in cities, Canadian researchers report. "Our findings show that children, particularly those under the age of 10, experience a protective effect against IBD if they live in a rural household," said study author Dr. Eric Benchimol. "This effect is particularly strong in children ...

Scientists Spot Genes Behind Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – Researchers say they've come closer to pinpointing genes linked with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. For the study, the investigators examined the genomes of nearly 68,000 people. Of the regions of the genome associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), 18 could be traced to a single genetic variant with more than 95 percent ...

New Meds Make Inroads Against Crohn's Disease

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 – Fewer Americans with Crohn's disease are ending up in the hospital than in the past, according to a new federal study. Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder that often leads to surgery for most with the disease. Hospitalization rates for Crohn's disease remained stable in the United States between 2003 and 2013. That's a change from a study done from 1998 to ...

Family History of Colon Cancer Calls for Earlier Screening

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – If you've got a family history of colon or rectal cancers, you probably need to start screening for these conditions before you turn 50, a cancer expert says. People with a close relative who has had colon or rectal cancer have a greater risk of being diagnosed with these cancers too, said Dr. Walter Koltun, chief of colon and rectal surgery at the Penn State Health ...

Common Virus May Be Linked to Heart Disease, Diabetes in Some Women

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – A common virus may make some women more susceptible to both heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco found normal-weight women under age 50 who were infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV) were more likely to have metabolic syndrome than their peers. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors ...

Special Diet May Be Boon for Kids With Crohn's, Colitis

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis may be able to achieve relief without medications by eating a special diet, a small study suggests. The diet includes non-processed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, meats and nuts. Over 12 weeks, the diet appeared to ease all signs of these inflammatory bowel diseases in eight of the 10 affected children, researchers ...

The Scoop About Healthy Poop

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Your bowel movements can offer important clues about your health, a doctor says. If bowel movements feel comfortable, then it's likely all is well, said Dr. Gabriel Neal, a family medicine doctor and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Normal bowel movements are relatively soft but dense. They should be any shade of brown or green," Neal said ...

Study Identifies Genetic Subtypes of Crohn's Disease

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 – Crohn's disease appears to have at least two distinct genetic subtypes, which could explain why the condition is so hard to treat, a new study suggests. "The one-treatment-fits-all approach doesn't seem to be working for Crohn's patients," said study co-senior author Dr. Shehzad Sheikh. He's an assistant professor in the departments of medicine and genetics at the ...

Generic Biologic Drugs Seem as Effective as Originals

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – Generic biologic drugs are similarly effective to brand-name counterparts in treating rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis, a new study says. Biologics are medications made from living cells. They are complicated to manufacturer and companies that make brand-name versions say cheaper generic versions aren't interchangeable with their products. The ...

Ultrasound Might Speed Up Digestive Drug Delivery: Animal Study

Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 – Ultrasound waves could be used to rapidly deliver drugs to the digestive system, new animal research suggests. This new approach to drug delivery might potentially benefit people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. However, this new method of drug delivery hasn't yet been tested in humans. "With additional research, ...

Making Headway Toward Causes of Eczema

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 – New gene variants associated with the skin condition eczema have been identified by an international team of researchers. Eczema, characterized by itchy, red rashes, is known to run in families. The new findings add to the number of genetic variants known to increase risk for the condition, making the total 31. The researchers did this by analyzing the genomes (genetic ...

More Evidence High-Fiber, Mediterranean Diet Is Good for You

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Numerous studies have extolled the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Now, research suggests the regimen may also boost levels of beneficial fatty acids. These so-called "short chain fatty acids" are produced by bacteria in the intestine during fermentation of insoluble fiber from fruits, vegetables and legumes. The fatty acids are believed to provide a number ...

Health Tip: Should I Talk to my Doctor About Gas?

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While everyone has intestinal gas, some people have severe bloating that causes discomfort and other problems. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs that you may need to see a doctor: Intestinal gas that is persistent and severe. Intestinal gas that occurs with vomiting. Long-term diarrhea, bloody stool or constipation. Weight loss for no apparent reason. Heartburn.

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