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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.
Study shows safety, efficacy of endoscopic needle knife therapy for intestinal strictures in IBD patients

Study shows safety, efficacy of endoscopic needle knife therapy for intestinal strictures in IBD patients

Gene critical for tumor progression also encourages growth of intestinal stem cells, study shows

Gene critical for tumor progression also encourages growth of intestinal stem cells, study shows

Fecal microbiota transplant may be effective treatment option for ulcerative colitis, research suggests

Fecal microbiota transplant may be effective treatment option for ulcerative colitis, research suggests

Dietary soy-protein may be effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases

Dietary soy-protein may be effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases

Are your bowel symptoms serious?

Are your bowel symptoms serious?

Study paves way to develop noninvasive diagnostic test for colorectal cancer

Study paves way to develop noninvasive diagnostic test for colorectal cancer

Researchers reveal immune machinery that goes awry to trigger neutrophilic dermatosis

Researchers reveal immune machinery that goes awry to trigger neutrophilic dermatosis

Cytokine plays critical role in driving immune cells to promote or suppress inflammatory bowel disease

Cytokine plays critical role in driving immune cells to promote or suppress inflammatory bowel disease

Identifying serious bowel conditions in under-50s

Identifying serious bowel conditions in under-50s

UC Riverside professor receives grant to explore therapeutic target for treating IBD patients

UC Riverside professor receives grant to explore therapeutic target for treating IBD patients

Synthetic biologists engineer gut bacteria capable of sensing colitis

Synthetic biologists engineer gut bacteria capable of sensing colitis

IBD patients with longer duration of disease have higher risk of developing NAFLD

IBD patients with longer duration of disease have higher risk of developing NAFLD

Yoga may be valuable adjunct to conventional therapies for ulcerative colitis

Yoga may be valuable adjunct to conventional therapies for ulcerative colitis

Fighting colorectal cancer

Fighting colorectal cancer

New tool aims to support GPs to identify serious bowel condition symptoms in patients below 50 years

New tool aims to support GPs to identify serious bowel condition symptoms in patients below 50 years

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