Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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February 10, 2017

FDA Approves Biosimilar to Humira

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

The FDA recently approved a biosimilar (trade name, Amjevita) to Humira (adalimumab). A biosimilar is a biological product that is highly similar to the originator drug, and has no clinical differences in terms of safety and effectiveness. Dr. Edward Loftus , M.D., talks about the potential of this drug to offer patients with chronic inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis an […]

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Tags: Amjevita, biosimilar, Crohn's disease, Edward Loftus, FDA, Humira, IBD, ulcerative colitis


May 6, 2016

Can Oral Contraceptives Worsen Crohn’s Disease?

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

A new study, published in Gastroenterology, suggests that long-term use of combination oral contraceptives may increase the risk for surgery among women with established Crohn’s disease. The research team evaluated the association between oral contraceptives and risk for Crohn’s disease complications, including need for surgery and steroid use. They found that steroid use did not […]

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Tags: Crohn's disease, Gastroenterology, IBD, oral contraceptives, Sunanda Kane, surgery


May 3, 2016

Vedolizumab Safe for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Vedolizumab (proposed trade name Entyvio), was developed as a treatment for patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn’s disease (CD), who have failed at least one conventional therapy, including tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists. Dr. Edward Loftus, M.D., reviews a recent study published in the journal Gut, in which researchers reported on […]

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Tags: Crohn's disease, Edward Loftus, Entyvio, GUT, IBD, monoclonal antibody, ulcerative colitis, Vedolizumab


March 26, 2016

Biologic Drugs – Are They Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

One of the major medical therapies used to treat chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, or psoriasis are anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents. These include, but are not limited to drugs like Remicade, Simponi, Humira and Cimzia. Women who are pregnant, and taking these medications are always concerned about […]

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Tags: Anti-TNF agents, Cimzia, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Crohn's disease, Humira, IBD, pregnancy, psoriasis, Remicade, rheumatoid arthritis, Simponi, Sunanda Kane


March 5, 2016

Lifestyle and Diet in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Note: This post was originally published on Mayo Clinic News Network  Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which consists of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, can be a frustrating diagnosis to deal with. In general, there is no clear evidence that one trigger alone causes problems. Therefore, there is no particular food, diet or lifestyle that causes, prevents […]

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Tags: Crohn's disease, diet, IBD, Mayo Clinic Health System, Sebastian Strobel, ulcerative colitis


February 29, 2016

Another Reason for Teens to Eat Their Vegetables

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Both Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) present day-to-day as well as long-term challenges for the adolescent patient. Based upon a study, published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Dr. Laura Raffals offers insights into the association between teenagers’ diet and the risk of developing IBD. Researchers categorized the diet into two groups: Prudent […]

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Tags: Crohn's disease, diet, IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Laura Raffals, teenagers, ulcerative colitis


December 20, 2015

Pregnancy Concerns in Women With IBD

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk for adverse birth outcomes such as preterm delivery and small for gestational age (SGA) infants, and most recognized cases have underlying placental causes. Dr. Sunanda Kane, M.D., discusses a study, published in Annals of Gastroenterology that examined whether women with IBD have a higher rate of […]

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Tags: Annals of Gastroenterology, Crohn's disease, IBD, placental inflammation, pregnancy, Sunanda Kane, ulcerative colitis


December 1, 2015

CCFA Awareness Week: Dec.1-7, 2015

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be difficult, but the right resources and support can make day to day living much easier. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. In an effort to raise awareness and support […]

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Tags: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Crohn's disease, IBD, Jeanne Tung, ulcerative colitis


November 20, 2015

Insight into Endoscopic Balloon Dilatation for Crohn’s Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Endoscopic balloon dilatation (EBD) is a recognized treatment for symptomatic Crohn’s strictures. Dr. Kenneth Schroeder M.D., talks about a recent study, published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, that examines the efficacy, as well as complication rates for EBD. The role of EBD in the management of Crohn’s strictures may need to be redefined, and future studies are […]

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Tags: : Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Crohn's disease, endoscopic balloon dilatation, Kenneth Schroeder, strictures


October 29, 2015

Relapse Rates High in IBD Patients Who Stop Treatment

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, are chronic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract which require long term treatment to achieve remission, and to prevent relapses. While current therapies are effective, many concerns exist regarding their long term use. Recently, a new area of research has emerged, namely, the question of the optimal duration […]

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Tags: Crohn's disease, Gastroenterology, IBD, relapse, remission, treatment, ulcerative colitis, William Tremaine


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