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December 31, 2013

Heat Waves Linked to IBD Flares

By Brent Westra

Edward Loftus Jr., M.D., discusses a recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology that found there is an increase in hospitalizations for IBD during heat waves.

Dr. Loftus mentions that the most obvious culprit for this increase would be bacteria, which most leading hypotheses suggest plays a role in the generation of inflammation in IBD, and perhaps alterations in our ambient temperature affect the growth rate of intestinal bacteria in the colon and small bowel.

While more research needs to be done on this matter, it does offer a fascinating clue as to what may be causing seasonal flares of IBD.

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Dr. Loftus is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD.

Tags: American Journal of Gastroenterology, Edward Loftus, Study Findings

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