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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an ongoing or chronic health problem that causes inflammation and swelling in the digestive tract. The irritation causes bleeding sores called ulcers to form along the digestive tract. This in turn can cause crampy, abdominal pain and severe bloody diarrhea.

There are two main types of inflammatory bowel disease: ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). The diseases are very similar. In fact, doctors often have a hard time figuring out which type of IBD a person has. The main difference between UC and CD is the area of the digestive tract they affect. CD can occur along the entire digestive tract and spread deep into the bowel wall. In contrast, UC usually only affects the top layer of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Medicine can control the symptoms of IBD in most women. But for people who have severe IBD, surgery is sometimes needed. Over the course of a person's life, the symptoms of IBD often come and go. With close monitoring and medicines, most people with IBD lead full and active lives.
Linking RNA to autoimmune diseases

Linking RNA to autoimmune diseases

Scientists identify genetic clues to chronic kidney disease

Scientists identify genetic clues to chronic kidney disease

Beneficial bacteria may be key to reverse gut inflammation seen in inflammatory bowel diseases

Beneficial bacteria may be key to reverse gut inflammation seen in inflammatory bowel diseases

Scientists uncover Achilles' heel in unique kind of immune memory cells

Scientists uncover Achilles' heel in unique kind of immune memory cells

Study identifies therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathy

Study identifies therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathy

New biomarkers may help in diagnosis and management of Crohn's disease

New biomarkers may help in diagnosis and management of Crohn's disease

Mice study shows role of yeast in aggravating IBD symptoms

Mice study shows role of yeast in aggravating IBD symptoms

Scientists use cargo-carrying red blood cells to alleviate autoimmune diseases in mouse models

Scientists use cargo-carrying red blood cells to alleviate autoimmune diseases in mouse models

Researchers uncover new genetic clues linked to autoimmune kidney disease

Researchers uncover new genetic clues linked to autoimmune kidney disease

Study finds link between vitamin D levels and severity of malabsorption issues

Study finds link between vitamin D levels and severity of malabsorption issues

Incidence of inflammatory bowel disease continues to increase in Denmark, research reveals

Incidence of inflammatory bowel disease continues to increase in Denmark, research reveals

Scientists discover potent trigger of inflammatory disease

Scientists discover potent trigger of inflammatory disease

Detrimental impact of iron deficiency made aware by Vifor Pharma at a series of events

Detrimental impact of iron deficiency made aware by Vifor Pharma at a series of events

Lower vitamin D levels increase risk of clinical relapse in Ulcerative Colitis patients, study finds

Lower vitamin D levels increase risk of clinical relapse in Ulcerative Colitis patients, study finds

Research: Many ulcerative colitis patients taking conventional treatments describe disease as 'poorly controlled'

Research: Many ulcerative colitis patients taking conventional treatments describe disease as 'poorly controlled'

Discovery of 'molecular switch' could lead to effective new treatments for auto-immune diseases

Discovery of 'molecular switch' could lead to effective new treatments for auto-immune diseases

HMS scientists listen to crosstalk between gut microbes and immune system

HMS scientists listen to crosstalk between gut microbes and immune system

IBD patients have less stable gut microbiome than healthy people, study shows

IBD patients have less stable gut microbiome than healthy people, study shows

Researchers identify E. coli bacteria linking Crohn's disease to spondyloarthritis

Researchers identify E. coli bacteria linking Crohn's disease to spondyloarthritis

Researchers uncover key molecular pathways behind gut bacterial imbalance during inflammation

Researchers uncover key molecular pathways behind gut bacterial imbalance during inflammation