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Sep 25, 2015

The Success of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in IBD Patients

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
The ability to become pregnant is an issue that many women face, and having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) certainly adds to the many challenges. Women who undergo colectomy and ileal pouch–anal anastomosis (IPAA or J-pouch) are at an increased risk for infertility due to surgical factors, and often consider using assisted reproductive [...]
Sep 13, 2015

No Association Between Isotretinoin Exposure and IBD

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
The association between the use of Isotretinoin, a synthetic vitamin A derivate, and the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), remains a controversial issue, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZdHlxO4Eog Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., and colleagues conducted a single-center study of about 1,000 people in Olmsted County, Minnesota, [...]
Aug 27, 2015

New Stem Cell Therapy for Crohn's Fistula

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
Crohn’s fistula can be a devastating condition with a high recurrence rate. Listen to Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, William Faubion, M.D., talk about exciting new research that shows how stem cells have been used to successfully treat Crohn’s fistula. This study has been published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY_fcnG5SAY Read [...]
Aug 17, 2015

Fecal Transplants for Ulcerative Colitis?

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
There is currently great interest in treating ulcerative colitis with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), which involves transplanting gut fecal bacteria from healthy people into patients with ulcerative colitis. Edward Loftus Jr., M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic, talks about two newly published studies in Gastroenterology; both studies examined the efficacy of fecal microbiota [...]
Aug 7, 2015

Therapeutic Management of Children with Very Early-Onset Bowel Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
Once a medical rarity in children, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is increasingly common in kids today. Patients who are diagnosed with this disease at a very young age, sometimes less than 6 years old, have what is known as very early-onset IBD (VEO-IBD). Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, Michael Stephens M.D., discusses a study published in [...]
Jul 30, 2015

IBD vs. IBS: What's the Difference?

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
Often, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is easily confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Clinical manifestations of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease can overlap. However, there are some clinical characteristics that can help differentiate between them: IBD refers to the chronic swelling (inflammation) of the intestines. Crohn's disease and ulcerative [...]
Jul 11, 2015

Surveillance Colonoscopy May Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk in Ulcerative Colitis

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
John Kisiel, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic, helps us understand the benefits of surveillance colonoscopy for patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), which can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. In this study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers report data from the St Mark’s Hospital UC surveillance program, one of [...]
Jul 3, 2015

Genome Sequencing Plays Increasing Role in Pediatric IBD

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
Over the past two decades, researchers have been better able to understand the role of genetics in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). At Mayo Clinic, a unique collaboration between pediatric gastroenterology and the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) offers young patients the opportunity for deep sequencing of DNA, and in most [...]
Jun 29, 2015

IBD Patients May Need More Vaccination Counseling

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
Jeanne Tung, M.D., talks about why optimizing vaccinations in patients with inflammatory bowel disease seems to be a challenging issue, and emphasizes the benefits of counseling from gastroenterologists and primary care providers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLuEvihXhG0 A recent study published in the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis found that concerns about side effects and vaccine safety [...]
Jun 19, 2015

The Safety of Therapeutic Drugs in Male IBD Patients Wishing to Conceive

By Kanaaz Pereira @kanaazpe
Sunanda Kane, M.D., discusses a recent study in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics about how male infertility can be impacted  with therapeutic drugs used to treat inflammatory bowel disease. Specifically, Dr. Kane focuses on the effects of azathioprine, sulfasalazine, and methotrexate. Azathioprine is used to induce remission in patients with chronic IBD. [...]
Jun 4, 2015

Pros and Cons of Imaging Modalities for Pediatric IBD

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Article appears in June's Digestive Diseases Update. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is one of the most serious gastrointestinal diseases affecting children in the Western world. It has a complex and variable course, and diagnosis not only includes endoscopy but also small bowel imaging to assess mucosal alterations and transmural involvement [...]
May 29, 2015

Infliximab Quantitation with Reflex to Antibodies to Infliximab

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
From Mayo Medical Laboratories The new Infliximab Quantitation with Reflex to Antibodies to Infliximab, Serum, test is now available to the Mayo Clinic practice and Mayo Medical Laboratories clients. This test should be ordered to assess a trough level quantitation for evaluation of patients with loss of response to infliximab. Maria Willrich, Ph.D. [...]
May 14, 2015

IBD and Increased Risk of Melanoma

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Siddharth Singh, M.B.B.S., discusses the patient takeaways from a Mayo Clinic study that found patients with inflammatory bowel disease are at higher risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaSesOvS9ME For more information about IBD, visit mayoclinic.org/ibd. Siddharth Singh, M.B.B.S. is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care [...]
May 8, 2015

IBD and Stool Testing

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Sunanda Kane, M.D., discusses stool tests for pediatric and adult patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Specially, Dr. Kane focuses on two proteins that may help identify active inflammation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZRDWNjBXNA Read the full study online here. For more information about IBD, visit mayoclinic.org/IBD. Dr. Kane is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.
Apr 30, 2015

Infliximab for Patients with Severe Ulcerative Colitis

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Jeanne Tung, M.D., discusses infliximab for patients with severe ulcerative colitis. Specifically, Dr. Tung focuses on a recent study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology that studied using an accelerated schedule compared to the usual dosing schedule of 6 weeks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDbU2eRqMpM Infliximab, otherwise known as Remicade, was approved for Crohn's disease [...]
Apr 23, 2015

Cognitive Function in Pediatric IBD Patients

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Jeanne Tung, M.D., discusses two studies presented at the Advances in IBD conference. The studies focus on the brain and cognitive function of pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku-VVXwmEo0 In the first study, 12 preteens and young teenagers with Crohn's disease had MRI scans of their brain. All [...]
Apr 23, 2015

New Crohn’s Disease Progression Index

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
David Bruining, M.D., discusses a recent study published in Gastroenterology about a new measuring index for Crohn’s disease progression. The Lémann Index is the first comprehensive scoring index to assess bowel damage from Crohn's disease. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxHx0I8-ylA For more information about IBD, visit mayoclinic.org/IBD. Dr. Bruining is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.
Apr 8, 2015

New Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Edward Loftus Jr., M. D., discusses the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of a new treatment for ulcerative colitis. Dr. Loftus explains the process Uceris, a budesonide foam, went through to receive FDA approval. The phase three trials found higher remission rates, improvement in disease activity, and rectal bleeding. [...]
Mar 27, 2015

Colon Cancer: Prevention and Screening Webinar

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Dr. Paul Limburg, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic, discussed prevention and screening of colon cancer during a live webinar on Wednesday, March 25th. Watch a rebroadcast of the webinar below and learn about a variety of colon cancer related topics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW1GmEnTIHo For more information about IBD, visit mayoclinic.org/ibd.
Mar 12, 2015

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Sunanda Kane, M.D., and colleagues dressed up in blue last week for "Wear Blue Day' and colon cancer awareness. Colorectal Cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.. Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, Paul J. Limburg, M.D. will discuss the latest information [...]
Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Mar 6, 2015

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Michael Picco, M.D., shares information about a commonly misdiagnosed disorder - Inflammatory Bowel Disease - and what new options are available for patients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7pqZ9ZRk1M To learn more about IBD, visit mayoclinic.org/ibd. Dr. Picco is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.
Feb 27, 2015

Elderly On-Set IBD Patients and Corticosteroids

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Edward Loftus Jr., M. D., discusses a recently published article in The American Journal of Gastroenterology that looks at older, on-set inflammatory bowel disease patients with evidence of serious infections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA7ZiJkMfd0&feature=youtu.be The study concludes that elderly patients with IBD that take corticosteroids are two to three times more likely to [...]
Feb 20, 2015

Treatment of Crohn's Disease

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
Laura Raffals, M.D., discusses treatment options available to patients with Crohn's disease. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18tdYRY5r8U For more information about IBD, visit mayoclinic.org/IBD. Dr. Raffals is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the treatment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Feb 13, 2015

Latest Gastroenterology Innovations

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
The past few years have been important ones for advances in gastroenterology medicine. Among the many new developments are minimally invasive surgical techniques, simpler diagnostic tests and medications with fewer side effects and higher success rates. Read about some of the exciting GI innovations of the past year. Content originally posted [...]
Feb 6, 2015

Management of Refractory IBD

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist @Margaret_Marie
A majority of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) fail to respond, have an inadequate response or lose response to standard medical therapies. Although some patients may be truly refractory to medical treatment, in others, symptoms may be unrelated to the underlying IBD, according to Edward V. Loftus Jr. M.D., [...]
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