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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 reports increased risk of death in children with inflammatory bowel disease

Study reports increased risk of death in children with inflammatory bowel disease

Spurred by convenience, millennials often spurn the ‘family doctor’ model

Spurred by convenience, millennials often spurn the ‘family doctor’ model

Study reveals factors linked to the development of Crohn's disease

Study reveals factors linked to the development of Crohn's disease

Understanding immune system's balancing act could help in prevention, treatment of IBD

Understanding immune system's balancing act could help in prevention, treatment of IBD

Protective gel sphere may offer probiotics a safer route to the intestines

Protective gel sphere may offer probiotics a safer route to the intestines

Finding epigenetic signature appears to predict inflammation risk in serious type of IBD

Finding epigenetic signature appears to predict inflammation risk in serious type of IBD

First gut bacteria in newborns may have lasting effect on ability to ward off chronic diseases

First gut bacteria in newborns may have lasting effect on ability to ward off chronic diseases

Delivering miRNAs to treat patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Delivering miRNAs to treat patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Researchers deliver microRNAs to treat patients with inflammatory bowel disorder

Researchers deliver microRNAs to treat patients with inflammatory bowel disorder

New pharmacologic approach discovered to stop immune cell death

New pharmacologic approach discovered to stop immune cell death

MSU researchers move one step closer to solving arthritic disease in teenagers

MSU researchers move one step closer to solving arthritic disease in teenagers

Neonatal immune system starts to change dramatically in response to bacteria, viruses

Neonatal immune system starts to change dramatically in response to bacteria, viruses

Scientists demonstrate rapid immune system development in newborn babies

Scientists demonstrate rapid immune system development in newborn babies

Qlu Health launches in the UK

Qlu Health launches in the UK

Research identifies cell signaling pathways related to endocannabinoid system in worms

Research identifies cell signaling pathways related to endocannabinoid system in worms

Experts examine stool protein biomarkers that indicate inflammatory bowel disease

Experts examine stool protein biomarkers that indicate inflammatory bowel disease

Strawberries could mitigate colonic inflammation

Strawberries could mitigate colonic inflammation

Understanding How Antibodies Shape the Gut Microbiome

Understanding How Antibodies Shape the Gut Microbiome

New genome analysis could identify people at higher risk of common deadly diseases

New genome analysis could identify people at higher risk of common deadly diseases

New test predicts the risk of serious disease months before symptoms appear

New test predicts the risk of serious disease months before symptoms appear