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  1. Probiotics May Help Treat IBD Symptoms

    Oct. 29, 2009 -- A natural probiotic therapy may offer a new treatment option to ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and promote the body's own healing process. Up to 1 million people in the U.S. have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); the main types are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease

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  2. Gene Variant Raises Crohn's Disease Risk

    Sept. 28, 2009 - A gene variant common in whites is linked to Crohn's disease, an intriguing new study suggests. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In IBD, the delicate balance of the gut ecosystem is disrupted by an excessive inflammatory immune response. People who carry the g

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  3. Special Bacteria May Curb Bowel Diseases

    Aug. 21, 2009 -- Researchers in England may have found a new way to treat colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases. Those scientists took a bacterium called Bacteroides ovatus, which people naturally have in their gut, and genetically altered it to secrete a protein called KGF-2 when exposed to

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  4. Fatty Foods Bad for Bowel

    July 22, 2009 -- Too many burgers and fries may be bad for your bowel. A new study shows that people who eat a diet high in linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid found in red meat and fried foods, may be more likely to develop a serious bowel condition known as ulcerative colit

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  5. Food Poisoning May Raise IBD Risk

    June 1, 2009 -- Salmonella or campylobacter food poisoning triples the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- for at least 15 years. IBD typically refers to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It's not clear exactly what causes IBD. Genetics, environment, diet, abnormal blood vessels, infec

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  6. Probiotic May Help Treat Crohn's Disease

    Oct. 20, 2008 -- A gut bacterium called F. prausnitzii may make a good probiotic treatment for Crohn's disease, French researchers report. The scientists noticed that patients whose Crohn's disease recurred within six months of Crohn's disease surgery tended to be low on F. prausnitzii, compared to

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  7. FDA OKs New Crohn's Disease Drug Cimzia

    April 23, 2008 -- The FDA has approved a new prescription drug called Cimzia to treat Crohn's disease in adults who haven't responded to other conventional therapies. Cimzia, given by injection, targets an inflammatory chemical called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha. Patients would get a shot of t

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  8. Fish Oil May Not Prevent Crohn’s Relapse

    April 8, 2008 - Taking omega-3 fatty acids can be helpful for many things, but maybe not for preventing a relapse of Crohn's disease. Two related studies show that omega-3s are not effective in preventing inflammation associated with Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease

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  9. Crohn's Disease: Immune Therapy First?

    Feb. 21, 2008 -- Remission from Crohn's disease may be more likely if patients get immune-suppressing drugs, not steroids, first. That news, published in the Feb. 23 edition of The Lancet, comes from a study of Crohn's disease patients in Europe. The study shows better remission rates when patients

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  10. FDA OKs Tysabri for Crohn's Disease

    Jan. 14, 2008 -- The FDA today approved the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri for the treatment of Crohn's disease. Tysabri may be used to treat patients who have moderate to severe Crohn's disease with evidence of inflammation who don't adequately respond to or can't tolerate other Crohn's disease th

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