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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.
Scientists unravel immune cascade that drives tissue damage, complications in chlamydia infections

Scientists unravel immune cascade that drives tissue damage, complications in chlamydia infections

Impairing rare group of intestinal cells allows gut bacteria to cause inflammation, study finds

Impairing rare group of intestinal cells allows gut bacteria to cause inflammation, study finds

International research collaboration finds genetic mutation linked to Crohn's disease

International research collaboration finds genetic mutation linked to Crohn's disease

New modular platform offers robust biological approach that targets endless number of diseases

New modular platform offers robust biological approach that targets endless number of diseases

Steven R. Brant shines light on genetic causes for IBD

Steven R. Brant shines light on genetic causes for IBD

Study shows high-salt diet causes dementia in mice

Study shows high-salt diet causes dementia in mice

CapsoVision receives CE Mark approval for use of CapsoCam Plus System in pediatric patients

CapsoVision receives CE Mark approval for use of CapsoCam Plus System in pediatric patients

New study shows how the immune system regulates gut fungal population

New study shows how the immune system regulates gut fungal population

Precision editing of gut bacteria reduces inflammation in mouse model of colitis

Precision editing of gut bacteria reduces inflammation in mouse model of colitis

Research reveals how fiber in the diet contributes to colonic health

Research reveals how fiber in the diet contributes to colonic health

Specific diets may help prevent colorectal cancer in high-risk groups

Specific diets may help prevent colorectal cancer in high-risk groups

Researchers suggest role for MKL1 protein in development of inflammatory bowel disease

Researchers suggest role for MKL1 protein in development of inflammatory bowel disease

Genetic Analysis and Bio-Rad enter into supply and distribution agreement for GA-map clinical test

Genetic Analysis and Bio-Rad enter into supply and distribution agreement for GA-map clinical test

Study finds increasing incidence of inflammatory bowel disease in newly industrialized countries

Study finds increasing incidence of inflammatory bowel disease in newly industrialized countries

Lemur study offers new insights into role of diet in shaping gut microbes

Lemur study offers new insights into role of diet in shaping gut microbes

Studies offer evidence that exercise alone can change composition of gut microbes

Studies offer evidence that exercise alone can change composition of gut microbes

Changes in microbiome due to antibiotic exposure may increase risk for inflammatory bowel disease

Changes in microbiome due to antibiotic exposure may increase risk for inflammatory bowel disease

Researcher awarded $1.5 million to study role of tumor necrosis factor in IBD

Researcher awarded $1.5 million to study role of tumor necrosis factor in IBD

First-of-its-kind study combines smoking cessation with personalized medicine

First-of-its-kind study combines smoking cessation with personalized medicine

Penn researchers single out bacterial enzyme behind gut microbiome imbalance linked to Crohn’s disease

Penn researchers single out bacterial enzyme behind gut microbiome imbalance linked to Crohn’s disease