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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.
Relaxation response has significant impact on patients with gastrointestinal disorders

Relaxation response has significant impact on patients with gastrointestinal disorders

A pilot study has found that participating in a nine-week training program including elicitation of the relaxation response had a significant impact on clinical symptoms of the gastrointestinal disorders irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease and on the expression of genes related to inflammation and the body's response to stress. [More]
Bacterial imbalance in the gut can lead to inflammation similar to Crohn's disease

Bacterial imbalance in the gut can lead to inflammation similar to Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is one of a family of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). While it has already been proven to have genetic causes, scientists have now shown that the presence of certain intestinal bacteria also plays a role. [More]
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery significantly lowers health care costs

Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery significantly lowers health care costs

Adding to the clinical benefits and improved patient outcomes associated with minimally invasive surgery, Medtronic highlighted a study published in the March 25 online edition of JAMA Surgery. The new study demonstrated that patients who underwent laparoscopic colectomy procedures required fewer days of health care utilization and the health care system spent less on their acute and follow-up care than those who underwent traditional open surgery. [More]
Women with IBD may be at increased risk for developing cervical cancer

Women with IBD may be at increased risk for developing cervical cancer

Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be at increased risk of cervical dysplasia and cancer, according to a new study1 published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. [More]
Minimally-invasive surgery offers long-term cost savings for healthcare system, less trauma for patients

Minimally-invasive surgery offers long-term cost savings for healthcare system, less trauma for patients

Adding to the clinical benefits and improved patient outcomes associated with minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), Medtronic plc today highlighted new data demonstrating that patients who underwent minimally invasive colon resection procedures were able to leave the hospital faster, visit their doctors less for follow up care and take fewer medicines than those who underwent open surgery. [More]
Improving adherence to ulcerative colitis medications: an interview with Mattias Norrman, COO, Tillotts Pharma

Improving adherence to ulcerative colitis medications: an interview with Mattias Norrman, COO, Tillotts Pharma

The objective of the survey was two-sided. On one side, we wanted to better understand needs, concerns and attitudes of people with UC in an effort to identify solutions to improve the management of the disease. On the other, we wanted to build a questionnaire that could be used by HCPs to help define patients’ needs and concerns. [More]
Raja Atreya wins award for novel diagnostic method to predict treatment outcomes in Crohn's disease

Raja Atreya wins award for novel diagnostic method to predict treatment outcomes in Crohn's disease

Professor Raja Atreya from Medical Clinic 1 of the Erlangen University Hospital has won the 60,000€ Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for Young Researchers for 2015. With his innovative diagnostic method, physicians can predict the clinical response of an expensive treatment of Crohn's disease which is associated with potential side effects. [More]
Samsung Bioepis submits second biosimilar candidate MAA to EMA

Samsung Bioepis submits second biosimilar candidate MAA to EMA

Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd., today announced that the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for SB2, its Remicade (Infliximab) biosimilar candidate, has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). [More]
The Medical Minute highlights risk and symptoms of IBD in children

The Medical Minute highlights risk and symptoms of IBD in children

Occasional stomach aches are part of life. But when they continue for more than a few weeks, come back often or are accompanied by bloody stools and additional symptoms, the cause could be inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD. [More]
Young immigrants to Canada at greater risk of developing IBD

Young immigrants to Canada at greater risk of developing IBD

The younger a person is when they immigrate to Canada, the higher their risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and its major subtypes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a study by researchers at the University of Ottawa, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. [More]
Key questions about colorectal cancer answered

Key questions about colorectal cancer answered

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S., with more than 136,000 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]
Mundipharma launches Remsima® (infliximab), a new-generation value-based monoclonal antibody, in six European markets

Mundipharma launches Remsima® (infliximab), a new-generation value-based monoclonal antibody, in six European markets

Mundipharma International Limited’s network of independent associated companies are launching Remsima® (infliximab) this month in Germany, Italy, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg following expiry of the relevant patents and Supplementary Protection Certificates, having secured distribution rights from Celltrion Healthcare Hungary Kft for Remsima in these markets. [More]
Emulsifiers can alter gut microbiota composition to induce intestinal inflammation

Emulsifiers can alter gut microbiota composition to induce intestinal inflammation

Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, new research shows. [More]
Scientists find new links between inflammation and tissue regeneration

Scientists find new links between inflammation and tissue regeneration

Almost all injuries, even minor skin scratches, trigger an inflammatory response, which provides protection against invading microbes but also turns on regenerative signals needed for healing and injury repair - a process that is generally understood but remains mysterious in its particulars. [More]
Hospira launches first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb) InflectraTM (infliximab) in the UK

Hospira launches first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb) InflectraTM (infliximab) in the UK

Inflectra is licensed for the treatment of inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, adult and paediatric Crohn’s disease, adult and paediatric ulcerative colitis and plaque psoriasis. [More]
Remsima (infliximab) now available in Europe for treatment of autoimmune diseases

Remsima (infliximab) now available in Europe for treatment of autoimmune diseases

Celltrion Healthcare has today announced the launch of Remsima (infliximab) in 12 European markets: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK. [More]
Actavis files ANDA to market Budesonide Extended-release Tablets

Actavis files ANDA to market Budesonide Extended-release Tablets

Actavis plc today confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market Budesonide Extended-release Tablets, 9 mg. [More]
Shire announces acquisition of Meritage Pharma

Shire announces acquisition of Meritage Pharma

Shire plc and Meritage Pharma, Inc. announced today that Shire has acquired Meritage, a privately-held company, for an upfront fee of $70 million and additional contingent payments based on the achievement of development and regulatory milestones. [More]

Ferring announces European launch of CORTIMENT®MMX® (budesonide) for ulcerative colitis, and new data re-confirms safety and efficacy

Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced today the European launch of CORTIMENT®MMX® (budesonide), the first and only approved oral controlled release budesonide treatment for active mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) where mesalazine (5-ASA) treatment is not sufficient. [More]
Clinical data demonstrates safety, efficacy of vedolizumab for treatment of adults with UC and CD

Clinical data demonstrates safety, efficacy of vedolizumab for treatment of adults with UC and CD

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH today announced the presentation of data further demonstrating the efficacy and safety of vedolizumab for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). [More]
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