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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 emphasizes importance of molecule in maintaining balanced immune system in the gut

Study emphasizes importance of molecule in maintaining balanced immune system in the gut

Dietary practices get reflected in the genes of Europeans, study reveals

Dietary practices get reflected in the genes of Europeans, study reveals

People who exercise excessively may be prone to gut issues

People who exercise excessively may be prone to gut issues

Study: Child's gut bacteria appears to be influenced by ethnicity and breastfeeding

Study: Child's gut bacteria appears to be influenced by ethnicity and breastfeeding

Children suffering from IBD not meeting daily recommended intake of calcium and vitamin D

Children suffering from IBD not meeting daily recommended intake of calcium and vitamin D

New study finds dramatic reorganization of the gut caused by weight loss surgery

New study finds dramatic reorganization of the gut caused by weight loss surgery

Seattle Children’s opens first clinical trial to study IBD and GVHD in pediatric patients

Seattle Children’s opens first clinical trial to study IBD and GVHD in pediatric patients

Cedars-Sinai researchers analyze social media posts to find medication concerns of IBD patients

Cedars-Sinai researchers analyze social media posts to find medication concerns of IBD patients

Study highlights need to improve calcium and vitamin D intake in pediatric IBD patients

Study highlights need to improve calcium and vitamin D intake in pediatric IBD patients

Scientists identify gene linked to incurable bowel disorders

Scientists identify gene linked to incurable bowel disorders

Composition, function of intestinal bacteria could predict response to biologic drugs in IBD patients

Composition, function of intestinal bacteria could predict response to biologic drugs in IBD patients

New research could lead to earlier diagnosis and better management of inflammatory bowel disease

New research could lead to earlier diagnosis and better management of inflammatory bowel disease

Researchers discover that microRNA can prevent excessive intestinal inflammation

Researchers discover that microRNA can prevent excessive intestinal inflammation

Stress management may be promising strategy to treat abdominal pain in IBD patients

Stress management may be promising strategy to treat abdominal pain in IBD patients

Breast-feeding transfers beneficial bacteria to the baby’s gut, new study finds

Breast-feeding transfers beneficial bacteria to the baby’s gut, new study finds

New study uses 10x Genomics’ Single Cell 3’ Solution to unravel stem cell self-renewal mechanism

New study uses 10x Genomics’ Single Cell 3’ Solution to unravel stem cell self-renewal mechanism

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