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Ulcerative colitis is a common inflammatory disease of the colon characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the large bowel and rectum. The condition impairs the ability of the large bowel to absorb water which results in diarrhea, the main symptom of the condition.

Ulcerative colitis is a relapsing and remitting condition, meaning symptoms can die down for long periods but then flare-up from time to time. These flare-ups can be sudden and severe. During a period of relapse, symptoms may include bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and a sudden urge to defecate. Other symptoms include wind, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever and fatigue.

Currently, there is no cure for the condition apart from surgery. However, certain treatments such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants may be used to ease symptoms by reducing inflammation. Surgery for severe ulcerative colitis that does not respond to treatment involves completely removing the large bowel and re-routing the small bowel so that waste can still be expelled. This procedure is called a colectomy.

In the UK, the incidence of ulcerative colitis is around 1 in 500 and the condition is equally common among males and females. Symptoms can develop at any age, but onset usually occurs between 15 and 30 years of age.
Actavis gets favorable ruling in patent suit against generic Lialda

Actavis gets favorable ruling in patent suit against generic Lialda

Actavis plc today confirmed that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court ruling that Actavis' generic version of Shire's Lialda (mesalamine extended-release tablets) infringes United States Patent No. 6,773,720 (the '720 Patent). [More]
Ulcerative colitis control: an interview with Dr Paul Robinson, Medical Director, MSD UK

Ulcerative colitis control: an interview with Dr Paul Robinson, Medical Director, MSD UK

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which means there is chronic inflammation and ulceration in the lining of the digestive tract, usually in the large intestine. [More]
AM-Pharma reports positive results from recAP Phase I trial for Acute Kidney Injury

AM-Pharma reports positive results from recAP Phase I trial for Acute Kidney Injury

AM-Pharma B.V., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of recAP (recombinant human Alkaline Phosphatase) for inflammatory indications, announces the results of its Phase I trial with both single and multiple ascending doses, which demonstrate that recAP is safe and well tolerated at all doses. [More]
Important facts about colorectal cancer

Important facts about colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S., with about 143,000 new patients diagnosed last year. But thanks to increased awareness about screenings, the death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping for more than 20 years. [More]
Scientists map key elements of immune overreaction triggered by influenza virus infection

Scientists map key elements of immune overreaction triggered by influenza virus infection

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have mapped key elements of a severe immune overreaction—a "cytokine storm"—that can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus. [More]
TSRI scientists describe severe immune overreaction caused by flu infections

TSRI scientists describe severe immune overreaction caused by flu infections

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have mapped key elements of a severe immune overreaction—a “cytokine storm”—that can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus. [More]

Altheus Therapeutics completes dosing of ZA201 in Phase 2 trial of Zoenasa for ulcerative colitis

Altheus Therapeutics, Inc., announced completion of dosing in ZA201, a double-blind, active-controlled Phase 2 trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of Zoenasa® Rectal Gel versus mesalamine enema in 120 patients with left-sided ulcerative colitis. [More]
REACT clinical trial provides valuable new insights for community gastroenterologists that benefit patients

REACT clinical trial provides valuable new insights for community gastroenterologists that benefit patients

The final results from an international clinical trial involving nearly 2,000 patients with Crohn's disease support the use of a new management strategy referred to as accelerated step-care as a best practice for the care of active Crohn's disease. [More]

Ulcerative colitis patients not satisfied with current treatments according to new study

Patients with a serious type of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, are not satisfied with their current treatments and the majority do not have their disease under control, according to new research released today at the 9th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) in Copenhagen. The majority (87.2 per cent) of the 250 patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis who were being treated with standard therapies failed to achieve control of their disease – defined either as going into remission or not having needed to use corticosteroid medications in the previous two months.1 [More]
Alvogen launches Inflectra into Central and Eastern Europe

Alvogen launches Inflectra into Central and Eastern Europe

Alvogen, the multinational pharmaceuticals company, today announced the launch of Inflectra (Infliximab) into Central and Eastern Europe. Inflectra, Europe's first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy that has been approved for the treatment of inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and psoriasis. [More]

Avaxia Biologics receives patent for oral anti-TNF antibodies for treatment of IBD

Avaxia Biologics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing gut-targeted therapeutics, announced today that the company was awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,647,626, entitled "Compositions Comprising TNF-specific Antibodies for Oral Delivery." [More]
Telephone communication in IBD care helps to identify patients at risk of high-cost medical interventions

Telephone communication in IBD care helps to identify patients at risk of high-cost medical interventions

A comprehensive analysis of patient telephone records at an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) clinic revealed that 15 percent of patients account for half of all calls to the clinic. Forty-two percent of frequent-caller patients also were seen in the emergency department or hospitalized within the following year. [More]

Altheus Therapeutics receives patent for oral combination therapy for treating inflammatory bowel disease

Altheus Therapeutics, Inc. announced the USPTO has allowed patent 8,629,127 B2 covering the oral pharmaceutical composition 5-ASA (5-aminosalicylic acid) and NAC (N-acetylcysteine). [More]
New, "designer" dietary fiber may eliminate side effects of current IBS treatment

New, "designer" dietary fiber may eliminate side effects of current IBS treatment

A newly-developed, "designer" dietary fiber with an added potential prebiotic effect may eliminate the side effects of current treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome which affects 10-20 percent of the population, disproportionately women. [More]
Study shows high-fiber diet reduces risk of colon problems

Study shows high-fiber diet reduces risk of colon problems

Scientists have more reasons for you to eat fiber and not abuse antibiotics. [More]

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]

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]
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]
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]
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]