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Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bowel affecting at least 115,000 people in the UK. The condition usually develops in teenagers and young adults, but can be diagnosed at any age and is equally common in men and women.

The condition can affect any part of the digestive tract between the mouth and the anus, although inflammation in the last section of the small bowel (ileum) or the first part of the large bowel (colon) is most common.

Crohn's disease is a ‘relapsing and remitting’ condition characterized by symptom-free periods followed by episodes of “flare-ups,” during which symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever and fatigue may become particularly bothersome.

Long term, severe inflammation can damage sections of the digestive system, resulting in additional complications, such as a tear in the wall of the anus (fissure), narrowing of the intestine (stricture) or the formation of an abnormal connection between the bowel and another body part such as the bladder, vagina or skin (fistula). Such problems usually require surgical treatment to correct. Crohn's disease also increases the risk of developing bowel cancer.

The exact cause of Crohn's disease is not clear but experts believe a combination of factors may be at work including genetics, immune responses to certain bacteria or viruses and lifestyle factors such as diet or smoking status.

Altheus Therapeutics completes enrollment for Phase 2 trial of Zoenasa Rectal Gel for distal ulcerative colitis

Altheus Therapeutics, Inc., announced that it has completed enrollment for ZA201, a 6-week, double-blind, active-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial of the efficacy and safety of Zoenasa Rectal Gel in approximately 120 adult patients with left-sided, or distal, ulcerative colitis. Topline results are expected in to be available in March or early April. [More]

Subset of TH17 cells linked to inflammation in Crohn’s disease patients, find TSRI scientists

Two-thirds to three-quarters of the estimated 700,000 Americans living with Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune condition that can disrupt the entire gastrointestinal tract, will require surgery at some point during their life. Patients and physicians often turn to this surgical intervention after a patient develops resistance to current treatments, such as steroids. [More]
TSRI scientists identify small subset of immune cells that play major role in development of Crohn's disease

TSRI scientists identify small subset of immune cells that play major role in development of Crohn's disease

Two-thirds to three-quarters of the estimated 700,000 Americans living with Crohn's disease, an autoimmune condition that can disrupt the entire gastrointestinal tract, will require surgery at some point during their life. [More]
Shield Therapeutics reports positive top-line data from pivotal Phase 3 programme of ST10

Shield Therapeutics reports positive top-line data from pivotal Phase 3 programme of ST10

Shield Therapeutics, an independent specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of mineral-derived hospital pharmaceuticals, today announces strongly positive top-line data from the pivotal Phase 3 programme of ST10 for the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia in inflammatory bowel disease. [More]
How Obamacare coverage is shaking out

How Obamacare coverage is shaking out

Even with the health law's insurance options, consumers struggling with chronic diseases may still face such high out-of-pocket costs on some plans that they could have trouble staying out of debt, reports the Associated Press. Meanwhile, several major drugstore chains are offering to fill prescriptions for those who enrolled in new health plans but don't have ID numbers yet. [More]

First Edition: January 6, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about how the health law fits into the Capitol Hill agenda for the year ahead. [More]
FDA extends PDUFA Priority Review action date for UC indication of Takeda's vedolizumab

FDA extends PDUFA Priority Review action date for UC indication of Takeda's vedolizumab

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., today announced that the United States Food & Drug Administration has extended the Prescription Drug User Fee Act Priority Review action date for the ulcerative colitis indication of Takeda's investigational biologic, vedolizumab. [More]
Six common diseases arise from DNA changes, finds new research

Six common diseases arise from DNA changes, finds new research

Many rare disorders are caused by gene mutation, like sickle cell anemia. Yet until now the underlying genetic cause of more common conditions - for example, rheumatoid arthritis - has evaded scientists for years. [More]
Takeda to acquire exclusive license to develop Natrogen's Natura-alpha compound

Takeda to acquire exclusive license to develop Natrogen's Natura-alpha compound

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Natrogen Therapeutics International, Inc. jointly announced today an agreement whereby Takeda will acquire an exclusive license to develop Natrogen's Natura-alpha compound as well as an option to acquire Natrogen. Natura-alpha is a synthetic small molecule oral compound that is believed to inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokine expression, which may help to reduce gastrointestinal inflammation. Natura-alpha is currently in Phase 2 development for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. [More]
AGA guidelines recommend anti-TNF-α biologic agents to induce remission in Crohn's disease patients

AGA guidelines recommend anti-TNF-α biologic agents to induce remission in Crohn's disease patients

The anti-TNF-α biologic agents, such as infliximab or adalimumab, are recommended to induce remission in patients with moderately severe Crohn's disease , according to a new guideline from the American Gastroenterological Association. Additionally, the guidelines recommend against using thiopurines or methotrexate alone to induce remission in these patients. The new guideline and accompanying technical review have been published in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the AGA Institute. [More]

Biogen joins with Samsung Bioepis to commercialize anti-TNF biosimilar product candidates in Europe

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) and Samsung Bioepis today announced that through their joint venture, Biogen Idec has exercised its right to enter into an agreement to commercialize anti-TNF biosimilar product candidates in Europe, including biosimilars for widely used therapies to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. [More]
Broad Medical Research Program, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America to merge together

Broad Medical Research Program, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America to merge together

The Broad Medical Research Program, which funds innovative early-stage research into inflammatory bowel disease, will merge with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, the two organizations announced today. [More]

FDA advisory committee backs Takeda's vedolizumab for treatment of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., today announced that a joint panel of members from the Gastrointestinal Drugs and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committees of the United States Food and Drug Administration voted to recommend approval of Takeda's vedolizumab for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. [More]
Scientists identify key factor for limiting inflammatory responses, particularly in skin

Scientists identify key factor for limiting inflammatory responses, particularly in skin

Sanford-Burnham scientists have identified the B and T Lymphocyte Attenuator (BTLA) inhibitory receptor as a key factor in limiting inflammatory responses, particularly in the skin. The study, published online today in Immunity, provides clarity on how T cells get fired up to protect against pathogens, and then cool down to restore immune homeostasis. [More]
Soligenix initiates SGX942 Phase 2 study for treatment of oral mucositis

Soligenix initiates SGX942 Phase 2 study for treatment of oral mucositis

Soligenix, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing products to treat serious inflammatory diseases where there remains an unmet medical need, as well as developing several biodefense vaccines and therapeutics, announced today that it has initiated a Phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating SGX942, a first-in-class innate defense regulator, as a treatment for oral mucositis in patients undergoing chemoradiation therapy for head and neck cancer. [More]
IDSA released new guideline for vaccination of immunocompromised hosts

IDSA released new guideline for vaccination of immunocompromised hosts

A new guideline released Thursday by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) notes that most people with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to illness and should receive the flu shot and other vaccinations. [More]
Tackling orphan diseases: an interview with Damian Marron, CEO, TxCell

Tackling orphan diseases: an interview with Damian Marron, CEO, TxCell

The exact definition of orphan diseases varies depending on where you are in the world. In the EU it's defined as a prevalence of less than 1 in 2,000, which equates to about 250,000 patients across the EU. [More]
Research findings pave new ways to treat gastrointestinal disorders

Research findings pave new ways to treat gastrointestinal disorders

For those living with gastrointestinal disorders, such as ulcers or Crohn's disease, treatment often means quelling uncomfortable symptoms through medications or dietary changes. But what if one day treatment meant doing away with the old gut for a new gut free of inflamed or diseased tissues? [More]
Researchers find way to replace Paneth cells with two small molecules that maintain stem cells

Researchers find way to replace Paneth cells with two small molecules that maintain stem cells

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have shown that they can grow unlimited quantities of intestinal stem cells, then stimulate them to develop into nearly pure populations of different types of mature intestinal cells. Using these cells, scientists could develop and test new drugs to treat diseases such as ulcerative colitis. [More]
Soligenix initiates orBec Phase 2 study for GI manifestations of chronic GVHD

Soligenix initiates orBec Phase 2 study for GI manifestations of chronic GVHD

Soligenix, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing products to treat serious inflammatory diseases where there remains an unmet medical need, as well as developing several biodefense vaccines and therapeutics, announced today that it has initiated a Phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating orBec (oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate or BDP) as a treatment for the gastrointestinal manifestations of chronic Graft-versus-Host disease. [More]