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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.
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

Researchers highlight role of micro-guests in pathologic processes

Researchers highlight role of micro-guests in pathologic processes

Walnuts may contribute to better health by changing makeup of gut bacteria

Walnuts may contribute to better health by changing makeup of gut bacteria

Researchers unravel how acidic conditions favor protein misfolding in deadly diseases

Researchers unravel how acidic conditions favor protein misfolding in deadly diseases

Scientists uncover link between backup pathogen-fighting system and mutations in Crohn's patients

Scientists uncover link between backup pathogen-fighting system and mutations in Crohn's patients

UA researchers seek to better understand NHE8 protein’s role in GI disorders, colon cancer

UA researchers seek to better understand NHE8 protein’s role in GI disorders, colon cancer

Genetic test to predict IBD severity in children

Genetic test to predict IBD severity in children

Living in rural households lowers person's risk of developing IBD, study finds

Living in rural households lowers person's risk of developing IBD, study finds

Titanium dioxide nanoparticles can intensify inflammatory reaction in patients with colitis

Titanium dioxide nanoparticles can intensify inflammatory reaction in patients with colitis

Gelesis reports completion of treatment for last patient in pivotal GLOW study

Gelesis reports completion of treatment for last patient in pivotal GLOW study

Antibiotic use during peripartum period linked to greater risk of inflammatory condition in offspring

Antibiotic use during peripartum period linked to greater risk of inflammatory condition in offspring

Adherence to prescribed medication improves health and increases cost savings

Adherence to prescribed medication improves health and increases cost savings

Pre-existing illness delays bowel cancer diagnosis

Pre-existing illness delays bowel cancer diagnosis

Study emphasizes importance of molecule in maintaining balanced immune system in the gut

Study emphasizes importance of molecule in maintaining balanced immune system in the gut

Dietary practices get reflected in the genes of Europeans, study reveals

Dietary practices get reflected in the genes of Europeans, study reveals

People who exercise excessively may be prone to gut issues

People who exercise excessively may be prone to gut issues

Study: Child's gut bacteria appears to be influenced by ethnicity and breastfeeding

Study: Child's gut bacteria appears to be influenced by ethnicity and breastfeeding