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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 decipher a signaling pathway crucially involved in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

Scientists decipher a signaling pathway crucially involved in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

New combined laparoscopy and colonoscopy procedure at NYPH/Weill Cornell

New combined laparoscopy and colonoscopy procedure at NYPH/Weill Cornell

FDA approves Humira (adalimumab) for Crohn's disease

FDA approves Humira (adalimumab) for Crohn's disease

Turmeric for prevention of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis

Turmeric for prevention of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis

Compliance with medications lowers health care costs

Compliance with medications lowers health care costs

Researchers create roadmap to integrin activation

Researchers create roadmap to integrin activation

Quality indicators for gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures

Quality indicators for gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures

Enrichment of regulatory CD4+CD25+ T cells by inhibition of phospholipase D signaling

Enrichment of regulatory CD4+CD25+ T cells by inhibition of phospholipase D signaling

Crohn's disease - possible genetic cause found

Crohn's disease - possible genetic cause found

Do guidelines for the treatment of osteoporosis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) matter?

Do guidelines for the treatment of osteoporosis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) matter?

Importance of T cells in the prevention of autoimmune diseases

Importance of T cells in the prevention of autoimmune diseases

Major intestinal surgery may boost the chances of subsequent vitamin A deficiency

Major intestinal surgery may boost the chances of subsequent vitamin A deficiency

Microbes could represent the future of medicine

Microbes could represent the future of medicine

Humans are a cocktail of bacteria and human cells

Humans are a cocktail of bacteria and human cells

Gene variation linked to more severe Crohn's disease

Gene variation linked to more severe Crohn's disease

Study reveals how production of interferon gamma is controlled in natural killer cells

Study reveals how production of interferon gamma is controlled in natural killer cells

Stem cell 'fusion' occurs in tumors

Stem cell 'fusion' occurs in tumors

IL-25 both promotes and limits inflammatory diseases

IL-25 both promotes and limits inflammatory diseases

MIT look at how cells make life-or-death decisions

MIT look at how cells make life-or-death decisions

Data from Novogen inflammatory bowel disease drug Phase I clinical trial shows promise

Data from Novogen inflammatory bowel disease drug Phase I clinical trial shows promise