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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.
Eosinophilic esophagitis gene discovery

Eosinophilic esophagitis gene discovery

New biochip predicts evolution of inflammatory bowel disease

New biochip predicts evolution of inflammatory bowel disease

UCLA examines disease-versus-disease interactions

UCLA examines disease-versus-disease interactions

Researchers shed light on a key molecular switch in T helper cells

Researchers shed light on a key molecular switch in T helper cells

Gut antibody could prove to be a promising drug target for Crohn's disease

Gut antibody could prove to be a promising drug target for Crohn's disease

Gaps in the intestinal barrier could be a cause of inflammatory diseases of the gut such as Crohn's Disease

Gaps in the intestinal barrier could be a cause of inflammatory diseases of the gut such as Crohn's Disease

Parasite could help prevent asthma

Parasite could help prevent asthma

Hundreds of identified genes involved in the pathophysiology of ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease

Hundreds of identified genes involved in the pathophysiology of ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease

Potential new target for cannabis-derived drugs as a treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

Potential new target for cannabis-derived drugs as a treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

Cannabis drugs may benefit those with bowel disease

Cannabis drugs may benefit those with bowel disease

Pseudomonas aeruginosa has broken the immune system's code

Pseudomonas aeruginosa has broken the immune system's code

Mixture of 8 bacteria (VSL#3) for 6 weeks helps ulcerative colitis

Mixture of 8 bacteria (VSL#3) for 6 weeks helps ulcerative colitis

Researchers have identified a highly specific pathway that causes inflammation in lung tissue

Researchers have identified a highly specific pathway that causes inflammation in lung tissue

Stimulating innate immunity helps ease Crohn's disease symptoms

Stimulating innate immunity helps ease Crohn's disease symptoms

Statin chemoprevention with minimal surveillance could prevent 96 percent of colon cancers

Statin chemoprevention with minimal surveillance could prevent 96 percent of colon cancers

No link between MMR jab and Crohn's disease

No link between MMR jab and Crohn's disease

Maxim Pharmaceuticals issued patent for method of identifying therapeutically effective immunosupressive agents

Maxim Pharmaceuticals issued patent for method of identifying therapeutically effective immunosupressive agents

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