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

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]


Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study

October 24, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Not getting the right amount of sleep might raise your risk of ulcerative colitis, a new study suggests.
Those who sleep less or more than the recommended seven to eight hours per night may be more prone to developing the chronic condition, which causes inflammation in the intestines, researchers […]


Scientists Grow, Implant Human Intestinal Tissue in Mice

October 19, 2014

SUNDAY, Oct. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New stem cell-based research could improve understanding of intestinal diseases and eventually lead to new treatments, a new study suggests.
Scientists used stem cells to grow “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue in a lab dish. They then transplanted the organoids into mice, creating a new model for studying […]


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

October 3, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]


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, […]



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