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  1. Treating Crohn’s: Choosing the Right Biologic

    If your doctor has talked about using biologic drugs to treat your Crohn's disease, you want to learn as much as you can about them. This guide to biologics includes some questions to ask your doctor and yourself. Use it to help you choose the treatment that's right for you. Unlike some Crohn's drug

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  2. Ulcerative Colitis and Your Job

    When your ulcerative colitis is in remission, your bathroom habits won't draw attention to you at work. It's when flares start that you may feel like all eyes are on you. You might suddenly have to stop what you're doing and run to the bathroom -- a lot. That can be especially inconvenient if you ke

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  3. How to Help Your Doctor Manage Your UC

    The key to successfully living with ulcerative colitis (UC) is a close partnership with your doctor. From remission to flare, your doctor should be there. That's because of the chronic nature of UC, says Thomas Cataldo, MD. He's a staff surgeon in colon and rectal surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Me

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  4. Staying Connected When You Have UC

    A network of supportive people can help you deal with a long-term illness such as ulcerative colitis. But a simple thing like hanging out with friends may seem like a big challenge, given the embarrassment and stress your UC symptoms can cause. And what about intimacy? Fortunately, even when you are

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  5. A Guide for New Parents With Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis has been a part of Jennifer Guarnaccia's life since she was 13. For the last 4 years, the 28-year-old mom has had on-and-off symptom flares. Her most common problems: stomach cramps, fatigue, mouth sores, and diarrhea. "Some days I feel great. But more than half the time it's horr

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  6. Take Control of Ulcerative Colitis Flares

    Calming flares when they happen is an important part of your treatment. But you should also work closely with your doctor to keep your ulcerative colitis (UC) in remission, so flares become rare, says Leyla J. Ghazi. She's a gastroenterologist who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease at the Uni

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  7. Crohn's, Colitis May Be Tied to Heart Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- People with inflammatory bowel disease may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 150,000 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients who took part in nine

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  8. Drug for Colitis, Crohn's Disease Shows Promise

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may help some people who have inflammatory bowel disease that has failed to respond to current medications, two new clinical trials find. The drug, called vedolizumab, is being developed to treat the two mai

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  9. How to Have a Confident Social Life With IBD

    Chances are your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is under good control thanks to effective medicine. But even if you're in remission from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, you may fear having sudden cramps or worse when you're out and about. The good news: You don't have to give up your social

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  10. Extra Vitamin D May Ease Crohn's Symptoms

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D supplements may help those with Crohn's disease overcome the fatigue and decreased muscle strength associated with the inflammatory bowel disease, according to new research. Extra vitamin D "was associated with sign

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