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  1. Antibiotics May Raise Bowel Disease Risk in Kids

    Sept. 24, 2012 -- Overuse of antibiotics may help explain why more children are being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In a new study, getting antibiotics, especially very early in childhood, was linked to a raised risk for IBD. IBD is a catch-all term for a group of serious intestin

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  2. New Way to Ease Ulcerative Colitis?

    Aug. 15, 2012 -- A pill that targets the very early stages of the body’s immune response may ease the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. The drug is called tofacitinib. It's up for FDA consideration to treat another condition -- rheumatoid arthritis. In a new study, researchers tested the drug in peopl

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  3. Climate Tied to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Risk

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- Living in a sunny climate appears to reduce women’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, a large new study shows. An estimated 1.4 million people in the U.S. live with an inflammatory bowel disease, either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Both cause persistent diarrh

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  4. Southerners May Be Less Likely to Have Crohn's

    Oct. 31, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Women who live in the southern part of the U.S. are less likely to have ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease than those who live in the North, a new study suggests. Researchers suspect that's because people in the South spend more time in the sun's ultraviolet r

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  5. The Link Between Stress and Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis can begin very early. At the age of 12, for instance, Amanda Sina Griffith found herself the object of a custody battle -- and was besieged by painful stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. “I’d had very mild stomach symptoms before; my doctor thought it was a bacterial infection. Bu

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  6. Exercising When You Have a GI Disorder

    Staying physically fit is a constant struggle for Stephanie Horgan, who, like millions of Americans with gastrointestinal disorders, has to plan her diet, her exercise routines, and her entire life around her condition. "I'm really active now, doing kickboxing, jogging, Spinning at the gym, and eati

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  7. Test Your Colitis IQ

    Confused by ulcerative colitis (UC)? No surprise there; it can be a bewildering disease, sometimes easily confused with other gastrointestinal troubles. On top of that, symptoms can disappear for months or even years, then return for no apparent reason. New treatments and strategies, though, can hel

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  8. Ulcerative Colitis and Probiotics

    A growing number of people with ulcerative colitis are reaching for probiotics -- products containing so-called "friendly" bacteria that populate the intestines. Why? Researchers don't yet know what causes ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). So finding effective treatment

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  9. Ulcerative Colitis: Talk to Your Doctor

    Ulcerative colitis can be a complicated, distressing, and confusing illness. Your doctor can help make sense of it. But the first step is knowing what questions to ask. Here's a checklist of questions suggested by experts in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), along with notes on what your doctor may

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  10. My WebMD: A College Student Controls Her Crohn's

    My life with Crohn's has not been easy. I remember lying in my hospital bed watching a commercial for iced tea. Everyone was running around in the sunshine listening to happy, uplifting music. Never before had I been so jealous of people doing something so simple. I was 16 and it was 2006, five year

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