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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.
Fish oil, soluble fiber and antioxidants reduces need for traditional ulcerative colitis treatment

Fish oil, soluble fiber and antioxidants reduces need for traditional ulcerative colitis treatment

Self-reporting of symptoms by patients with ulcerative colitis better than assessing patients with endoscopy

Self-reporting of symptoms by patients with ulcerative colitis better than assessing patients with endoscopy

Short girls with underlying disease are not being diagnosed

Short girls with underlying disease are not being diagnosed

Suffering from fatigue, abdominal discomfort or bloody diarrhea? Your doctor might not recommend an uncomfortable endoscopy

Suffering from fatigue, abdominal discomfort or bloody diarrhea? Your doctor might not recommend an uncomfortable endoscopy

Calcium and vitamin D treatment alone can improve bone mineral density in Crohn's patients

Calcium and vitamin D treatment alone can improve bone mineral density in Crohn's patients

Biochip for detection of inflammatory bowel disease

Biochip for detection of inflammatory bowel disease

Study links meat consumption to colon cancer

Study links meat consumption to colon cancer

Seafood research will bring healthier lifestyle

Seafood research will bring healthier lifestyle

T cells activated in the gut during inflammatory bowel disease can be re-routed to the liver and cause chronic liver disease

T cells activated in the gut during inflammatory bowel disease can be re-routed to the liver and cause chronic liver disease

Abbott's investigational anti-interleukin-12 fully human monoclonal antibody in Crohn's disease study

Abbott's investigational anti-interleukin-12 fully human monoclonal antibody in Crohn's disease study

Major bone trial to test high dose corticosteroid steroid tablets

Major bone trial to test high dose corticosteroid steroid tablets

Analysis shows Remicade reduces pain associated with Crohn's disease

Analysis shows Remicade reduces pain associated with Crohn's disease

Infants born to women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), no more likely to develop congenital malformations

Infants born to women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), no more likely to develop congenital malformations

Crohn’s disease may be caused by same bacterium that causes Paratuberculosis or Johne’s disease in cattle, sheep, and goats

Crohn’s disease may be caused by same bacterium that causes Paratuberculosis or Johne’s disease in cattle, sheep, and goats

Consuming lots of red meat and alcohol may triple relapse rate in ulcerative colitis

Consuming lots of red meat and alcohol may triple relapse rate in ulcerative colitis

Common enzyme acts as a natural brake to prevent potentially deadly runaway inflammation

Common enzyme acts as a natural brake to prevent potentially deadly runaway inflammation

Children who take steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome do not suffer bone loss

Children who take steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome do not suffer bone loss

60 percent of people with Crohn's disease have required surgery within the past five years

60 percent of people with Crohn's disease have required surgery within the past five years

Friendly bacteria the key to ulcerative colitis treatment

Friendly bacteria the key to ulcerative colitis treatment

New risk factors associated with inflammatory bowel disease

New risk factors associated with inflammatory bowel disease