Inflammatory Bowel Disease News

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, encompasses a variety of disorders. They all cause inflammation in the digestive tract and lead to such symptoms as abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite and even weight loss or bleeding from the rectum.

The two most common inflammatory bowel diseases are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These two conditions are very similar, but they typically affect slightly different parts of the body and exhibit some subtle differences in symptoms. Both occur most frequently in people ages 15 to 30, but ulcerative colitis is a little more common in men than women and Crohn’s disease is more common in women than men.

Where IBD Strikes

Crohn’s disease can be present throughout the intestine, but its preferred targets are the last portion of the small intestine and first portion of the large intestine. When it strikes, the symptoms mentioned above are common, as well as fever, weakness and fatigue. Over time, Crohn’s disease can lead to complications such as ulcers, fistulas and even an increased risk for cancer.

Ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, usually affects only the colon (the large intestine). The symptoms are similar to Crohn’s disease, but it usually begins with loose and bloody stools and then progresses from there. Severe complications are not as common with ulcerative colitis, but it can lead to ulcers, abdominal bloating and an increased cancer risk.

Complications from both of these forms of inflammatory bowel disease can extend beyond the gastrointestinal tract, as well. For example, Crohn’s disease can impact the liver, skin, joints and eyes. Ulcerative colitis is often related to anemia, among other complications.

Treatments

Medications are available to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other forms of IBD. If medications prove to be unsuccessful, surgery to remove a portion of the intestine might be considered.

SOURCES: U.S. Office on Women's Health; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Date Posted
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7/31/2017
Country Kids Less Likely to Develop Bowel Disease Than Their City Cousins

Rural living may have protective effect, Canadian study suggests

6/29/2017
Scientists Spot Genes Behind Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis

Large study finds key mutations that may be tied to raised risk for inflammatory bowel disease

5/3/2017
Arthritis Drug Shows Promise for Ulcerative Colitis

But treatment isn't yet approved by FDA to treat inflammatory bowel condition

1/10/2017
Special Diet May Be Boon for Kids With Crohn's, Colitis

Eating plan focuses on natural, non-processed foods, such as fruits, veggies and nuts

10/10/2016
Germs in Dog Poop Can Point to Bowel Trouble

Unfortunately, the same diagnostic technique doesn't work for humans, researchers say

9/27/2016
To Help Prevent Colon Cancer, 'Listen to Your Gut'

Belly pain and black or bloody stools should not be ignored, doctor says

5/23/2016
Stool Transplant Soothes Tough-to-Treat Colitis in Study

Eased symptoms, healed colons in 1 in 4 patients

3/9/2016
MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds

High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and depression among common co-existing conditions

1/6/2016
Psych Therapies May Have Long-Term Benefits for Irritable Bowel Patients

Treatments might help ease gastrointestinal symptoms for at least six months, study finds

9/11/2015
Childhood Abuse Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Later in Life

But study finds no association with another inflammatory bowel disease

8/4/2015
Crohn's Disease, Colitis Tied to Anxiety in Study

Women at greater risk of this 'double jeopardy,' researcher says

1/23/2015
Viruses May Play Role in Crohn's Disease, Colitis: Study

More research is needed to define what role they play, researcher says

12/19/2014
Crohn's, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds

Scientists find evidence that genes influence the mix and make-up of gut bacteria

10/3/2014
Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study

Colitis therapy tied to 4 cases of low white blood cell count in newborns, but some docs question the finding

7/25/2014
Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says

Researchers monitored stool samples of two people for a year

6/18/2014
Popular Crohn's, Colitis Drugs Not Linked to Short-Term Cancer Risk: Study

After nearly 4 years of follow-up, people taking the drugs were no more likely to develop cancer

5/5/2014
Depression Tied to Crohn's Disease Flare-Ups

Doctors should be aware of body-mind connection with the inflammatory bowel condition, study author says

4/30/2014
Health Tip: Help Manage IBS With Diet

Try these healthy eating strategies

3/31/2014
Raised Risk of Heart Trouble Seen in Celiac Disease Patients

Researchers suggest inflammation caused by the digestive disorder may explain the link

3/12/2014
Gut Bacteria May Play Role in Crohn's Disease

Study found more harmful strains, fewer helpful ones in people with the inflammatory bowel condition

12/6/2013
Stem Cell Discovery Might Someday Help Treat Colitis, Crohn's

Researchers envision ability to replace disease-damaged organs

5/20/2013
Extra Vitamin D May Ease Crohn's Symptoms, Study Finds

Improvements reported in muscle strength, fatigue and quality of life

5/15/2013
Simponi Approved for Ulcerative Colitis

Blocks process that contributes to abnormal inflammation

5/6/2013
Flu Vaccine Safe for Kids With Crohn's, Colitis: Study

It may even reduce their bowel symptoms, researchers say

4/17/2013
Fecal Transplant Studied for Kids With Bowel Disease

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis disappeared for one-third of patients after process

4/2/2013
Study Pinpoints Women at Risk for Blood Clots From Pregnancy

Factors include age, disease history and weight

11/16/2012
'Worm Therapy' Might Help Ease Colitis, Monkey Study Shows

Unappetizing as it sounds, the treatment relieved symptoms in primates and might help humans

10/12/2012
Coffee May Speed Up Bowel Recovery From Colon Surgery

Normal function resumed more quickly than for water drinkers alone, study found

9/28/2012
Humira's Approval Widened to Include Ulcerative Colitis

Disease causes inflammation in large intestine

9/24/2012
Antibiotics in Childhood May Increase Bowel Disease Risk: Study

But real-world risk still is low, experts say

9/20/2012
9/18/2012
New Drug Might Help Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Maker-funded studies found reduction in symptoms such as abdominal pain

8/30/2012
New Drug Approved for Irritable Bowel, Chronic Constipation

Linzess sanctioned for cases that don't respond to conventional treatment

6/13/2012
Mouse Study Suggests Certain Fats Could Trigger Crohn's, Colitis

Concentrated milk fat increased inflammation, but polyunsaturated fat did not

5/25/2012
Travel to High Altitudes Tied to Crohn's, Colitis Flare-Ups

Symptoms more likely to spike after mountain climbing, skiing and even flying, study says

5/21/2012
Birth Control Pills, HRT Tied to Digestive Ills

Researchers found apparent connections between estrogen treatments and Crohn's disease, colitis

5/3/2012
Migraines More Likely for People With Celiac Disease, Study Says

Early research also links headaches to gluten problems, Crohn's disease and colitis

3/8/2012
Gene Mutations Linked to Crohn's Disease in Ashkenazi Jews

Jews of Eastern European descent are more likely to have the inflammatory bowel condition

3/1/2012
Health Tip: Help Manage IBS Symptoms

Suggestions that may offer relief

2/17/2012
Kids With Crohn's Disease, Colitis Often Struggle at School: Study

Frequent absences, depression can affect how well students with bowel disease do academically

1/27/2012
Tropical Trip OK for Most With Crohn's, Colitis

Symptom-free patients have no greater risk for gastro infections than general public, study finds

1/12/2012
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Less Common in Sunny States

Researchers say sunshine may boost vitamin D levels, affecting immune function

1/6/2012
As Nations Develop, So May Bowel Disease

Researchers identify inflammatory bowel disease as a global problem

12/20/2011
Endometriosis Tied to Higher Risk of Crohn's, Colitis

Large Danish study suggests possibility of connection between the illnesses in women

11/28/2011
Chronic Bowel Disease Drugs Linked to Skin Cancer Risk

Two studies find immunosuppressants called thiopurines may raise risk of non-melanoma cancers

10/20/2011
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Tied to Higher Risk of Post-Op Blood Clots

Findings suggest clot-preventing measures should be considered in this patient group, researchers say

9/26/2011
9/1/2011
6/29/2011
Health Tip: Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A common disorder marked by pain or discomfort in the abdomen

4/24/2011
Hospital Infection Raises Death Risk for Bowel Patients

Those who contract C. difficile are six times more likely to die, study finds