Scientists Spot Genetic Clues to Crohn’s Disease

August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new genetic discovery about Crohn’s disease could lead to different ways to fight the bowel disorder, researchers report.
The scientists pinpointed chemical changes in Crohn’s patients’ DNA that affect how their genes work, and said these changes can be detected in blood samples.
Along with raising the possibility [...]

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

June 18, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — 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 — [...]

FDA Approves New Drug for Hard-to-Treat Colitis and Crohn’s

May 22, 2014

A new drug to treat adults with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Gut Bacteria May Play Role in Crohn’s Disease

March 12, 2014

By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The community of bacteria that typically live in the human gut is radically altered in patients with Crohn’s disease, a new study shows.
Overall, patients with Crohn’s have less diversity among their intestinal bacteria than healthy individuals. And certain types of harmful bacteria appear to be [...]

Stem Cell Discovery Might Someday Help Treat Colitis, Crohn’s

December 6, 2013

FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they have found a way to grow intestinal stem cells and get them to develop into different types of mature intestinal cells.
This achievement could one day lead to new ways to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers or Crohn’s disease by replacing a patient’s old gut [...]

Thalidomide May Help Kids With Crohn’s Disease

November 26, 2013

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Thalidomide, a drug made infamous after it caused devastating birth defects in the 1950s, may help treat children with Crohn’s disease who haven’t responded to other medications, new research suggests.
After eight weeks of treatment, more than 46 percent of children taking thalidomide had reached remission, [...]

Crohn’s and Colitis May Be Tied to Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

October 14, 2013

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) — People with inflammatory bowel disease may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 150,000 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients who took part in nine studies. They found that these patients had a 10 percent to 25 percent increased [...]

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

August 21, 2013

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) — 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 [...]

Extra Vitamin D May Ease Crohn’s Symptoms, Study Finds

May 18, 2013

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D supplements may help those with Crohn’s disease overcome the fatigue and decreased muscle strength associated with the inflammatory bowel disease, according to new research.
Extra vitamin D “was associated with significantly less physical, emotional and general fatigue, greater quality of life and the ability to [...]

Scientists Now See 200 Genes Linked to Crohn’s Disease

December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — Using a new technique, researchers have pinpointed a large number of additional genes associated with Crohn’s disease, bringing the total to 200.
The scientists at University College London, in England, created a new method to identify and map the locations of genes associated with complex inherited diseases such as Crohn’s.
Crohn’s [...]


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