Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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


December 13, 2015

New Gene Variants May Contribute to Very Early Onset IBD

By Kanaaz Pereira kanaazpe

Major advances in understanding the genetic contribution to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have been achieved in the last decade. However, these studies were performed primarily in adults and in children 10 years of age and older, and did not include children with very early-onset IBD (VEO-IBD), diagnosed at younger than 5 years of age. […]

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Tags: Gastroenterology, genome-wide association studies, IBD, Konstantinos Papdakis, VEO-IBD


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


August 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 transplantation in ulcerative colitis, but arrived […]

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Tags: Edward Loftus, fecal transplant, Gastroenterology, IBD, ulcerative colitis


February 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 on mayoclinic.org.

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Tags: Gastroenterology, GI, IBD, innovations, Vedolizumab


October 9, 2014

Crohn’s Disease and Remission with Vedolizumab

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Edward Loftus Jr., M. D., discusses a recent article published in Gastroenterology looking at how well vedolizumab works with Crohn’s disease patients who have already been on an anti-TNF agent.   The study specifically examined the question of how well vedolizumab in patients with Crohn’s disease who have already been on a different type of […]

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Tags: Crohn's disease, Edward Loftus, Gastroenterology, Vedolizumab


July 10, 2014

Cancer Risk Greater in Crohn’s Disease Patients Treated with Combination Drug Therapy

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

John Kisiel, M.D., discusses a recently published article in Gastroenterology about the combination therapy of adalimumab and immunomodulators and the risk for cancer in patients with Crohn’s disease.   Recent studies have shown greater benefit when combining anti-TNF drugs with thiopurine drugs. Doctors have known for awhile that certain thiopurine drugs raise the risk of certain […]

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Tags: adalimumab, AGA, cancer, Crohn's disease, Gastroenterology, John Kisiel, nonmelanoma skin cancer


April 17, 2014

Effectiveness of Early Drug Therapy in Children with Crohn’s Disease

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Michael Stephens, M. D., discusses a recent article published in Gastroenterology about the effectiveness of early drug therapy in children with Crohn’s disease. The research project is part of a larger project initiated by PROKIIDS. This research project looks at 1,800 children, 1,200 with Crohn’s disease. All of the patients are being followed from the […]

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Tags: AGA, CCFA, Crohn's disease, Gastroenterology, IBD, Michael Stephens, pediatrics


February 27, 2014

Medication Adherence in Children and Adults

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Sunanda Kane, M. D., discusses recent articles published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Journal about medication adherence for children and adults with ulcerative colitis. The first article focuses on pediatric patients and whether or not parents could predict how much medication their children were taking. This study looked for a correlation between […]

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Tags: adherence, Gastroenterology, IBD, medication adherence, Sunanda Kane, ulcerative colitis


February 25, 2014

Risks of Birth Defects in Women Who Have Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Sunanda Kane, M. D., discusses a recent paper published in the Gastroenterology Journal about the risks of birth defects in women who have inflammatory bowel disease. One of the most important questions a woman has when thinking about having children is will her inflammatory bowel disease increase the risk for birth defects. There has been conflicted […]

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Tags: birth defects, Gastroenterology, IBD, Sunanda Kane


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