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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 finds rising incidence of IBD in newly industrialized countries

Study finds rising incidence of IBD in newly industrialized countries

Gene circuit can be used to switch on inside cancer cells and stimulate immune attack, study suggests

Gene circuit can be used to switch on inside cancer cells and stimulate immune attack, study suggests

Study finds more patients with ulcerative colitis but less number of surgeries

Study finds more patients with ulcerative colitis but less number of surgeries

Five new ways individualized medicine has moved from research lab into clinical care

Five new ways individualized medicine has moved from research lab into clinical care

Study findings provide new insight into inflammatory bowel disease

Study findings provide new insight into inflammatory bowel disease

Reducing antioxidant levels in the colon may have positive effect on GI inflammation

Reducing antioxidant levels in the colon may have positive effect on GI inflammation

Scientists use BR nanoparticles to develop photoacoustic imaging and photothermal cancer therapy

Scientists use BR nanoparticles to develop photoacoustic imaging and photothermal cancer therapy

Hamilton BiOS automated storage system selected for use in BIOM-Mass project

Hamilton BiOS automated storage system selected for use in BIOM-Mass project

Probiotics may become new preventative or therapeutic strategy for IBD-related colon cancer

Probiotics may become new preventative or therapeutic strategy for IBD-related colon cancer

Ultraviolet LEDs more efficient than sunlight at producing vitamin D3 in the skin

Ultraviolet LEDs more efficient than sunlight at producing vitamin D3 in the skin

FDA moves to guard against abuse of ‘orphan drug’ program

FDA moves to guard against abuse of ‘orphan drug’ program

Study provides new insights into biologic networks involved in IBD

Study provides new insights into biologic networks involved in IBD

Gut bacteria in Hadza diet different from ours study finds

Gut bacteria in Hadza diet different from ours study finds

Studies aim to better understand potential health benefits of red raspberries

Studies aim to better understand potential health benefits of red raspberries

Blood test using infrared spectroscopy could provide cheaper, quicker alternative for colitis screening

Blood test using infrared spectroscopy could provide cheaper, quicker alternative for colitis screening

Exclusive enteral nutrition may be effective treatment for children with Crohn's disease

Exclusive enteral nutrition may be effective treatment for children with Crohn's disease

Biomedical scientist receives $1.83 million NIH grant for inflammatory bowel disease research

Biomedical scientist receives $1.83 million NIH grant for inflammatory bowel disease research

Researchers win $1.4 million federal grant to study new treatment approaches for intestinal inflammation

Researchers win $1.4 million federal grant to study new treatment approaches for intestinal inflammation

Protein-rich diet may foster more tolerant, less inflammatory gut environment

Protein-rich diet may foster more tolerant, less inflammatory gut environment

Mango intake exerts beneficial effects in progression and severity of IBD

Mango intake exerts beneficial effects in progression and severity of IBD