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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.
Quick adoption of new diagnostic tests could help NHS to save nearly £7 billion

Quick adoption of new diagnostic tests could help NHS to save nearly £7 billion

Microbiotica partners with University of Adelaide to develop defined bacterial product for ulcerative colitis

Microbiotica partners with University of Adelaide to develop defined bacterial product for ulcerative colitis

MSU scientists discover early cause of intestinal inflammation

MSU scientists discover early cause of intestinal inflammation

Microbiotica collaborates with Genentech to develop drugs for IBD

Microbiotica collaborates with Genentech to develop drugs for IBD

Cedars-Sinai study identifies gut gas associated with diarrhea

Cedars-Sinai study identifies gut gas associated with diarrhea

Novel PET imaging shows promise for noninvasively detecting inflammation in people with IBD

Novel PET imaging shows promise for noninvasively detecting inflammation in people with IBD

Diuretic drug may be just as effective as oral antibiotics to treat acne in female patients

Diuretic drug may be just as effective as oral antibiotics to treat acne in female patients

New ACS guidelines recommend early screening for colorectal cancer

New ACS guidelines recommend early screening for colorectal cancer

Scientists report involvement of estrogen hormone receptor in autoimmune diseases

Scientists report involvement of estrogen hormone receptor in autoimmune diseases

FDA approves first oral medication for adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis

FDA approves first oral medication for adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis

Researchers reveal potent new mechanism of action for treatment of IBD

Researchers reveal potent new mechanism of action for treatment of IBD

Yoghurt before a meal packed with health benefits

Yoghurt before a meal packed with health benefits

Celltrion Healthcare advocates early introduction of biologics for patients to improve clinical outcomes

Celltrion Healthcare advocates early introduction of biologics for patients to improve clinical outcomes

Neurological protein found to protect against inflammatory diseases

Neurological protein found to protect against inflammatory diseases

Study: Psoriasis patients taking Humira show no change in aortic inflammation

Study: Psoriasis patients taking Humira show no change in aortic inflammation

Good bacteria is bad news for atherosclerosis

Good bacteria is bad news for atherosclerosis

FDA authorizes marketing of Hemospray device for treating GI bleeding

FDA authorizes marketing of Hemospray device for treating GI bleeding

New research illustrates how beneficial bacteria establish robust gut colonization

New research illustrates how beneficial bacteria establish robust gut colonization

Study finds diverse mix of bacteria in the urine of kidney disease patients

Study finds diverse mix of bacteria in the urine of kidney disease patients

Study points to new treatments for incurable bowel conditions

Study points to new treatments for incurable bowel conditions