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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.
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

Researchers discover how antibodies secreted in the gut promote growth of healthy microbiome

Researchers discover how antibodies secreted in the gut promote growth of healthy microbiome

Study could shed light on potential causes and markers of inflammatory bowel disease

Study could shed light on potential causes and markers of inflammatory bowel disease

Scientists find key link between viruses and inflammatory bowel diseases

Scientists find key link between viruses and inflammatory bowel diseases

Large international study finds new risk genes for hay fever

Large international study finds new risk genes for hay fever

Study demonstrates new therapeutic targets for inflammation-associated colon cancer

Study demonstrates new therapeutic targets for inflammation-associated colon cancer

Researchers uncover evolutionary history of IBD-associated bowel cancer

Researchers uncover evolutionary history of IBD-associated bowel cancer

Scientists pinpoint new therapeutic targets for inflammation-associated colon cancer

Scientists pinpoint new therapeutic targets for inflammation-associated colon cancer

Study finds mechanism by which amyloid beta protects the brain from herpes infection

Study finds mechanism by which amyloid beta protects the brain from herpes infection

Study sheds light on how good bacteria prevent gut inflammation

Study sheds light on how good bacteria prevent gut inflammation

Seeing the Unexpected: Regulatory T Cells and Basophils

Seeing the Unexpected: Regulatory T Cells and Basophils

Simple DNA test can predict risk of bad side effects to thiopurine drugs

Simple DNA test can predict risk of bad side effects to thiopurine drugs

Researchers discover immune cells that create and sustain chronic inflammatory bowel disease

Researchers discover immune cells that create and sustain chronic inflammatory bowel disease

Research provides new target to help treat chemotherapy-induced diarrhea

Research provides new target to help treat chemotherapy-induced diarrhea

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