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Joint Issues Related to Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (both inflammatory bowel diseases), by definition, primarily affect the gastrointestinal tract. But the immune system dysfunction that drives disease activity occasionally affe...

Skin Issues Related to Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is an illness that affects the gastrointestinal tract. But the inflammation that underpins these diseases is not always restri...

Eye Issues Related to Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Extraintestinal manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are conditions associated with IBD that do not directly involve the intestinal tract. Of course, most of the signs and symptoms of IBD (which compri...

Smoking and Crohn's Disease

Tobacco smoke contains literally thousands of chemicals, including the addictive substance nicotine, and toxins such as carbon monoxide and cyanide. Not surprisingly, smoking is known to increase the risk of a numbe...

Does Stress Cause Crohn's or Colitis Flares?

Most people who have inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis don’t have symptoms all the time. Usually, there are periods when there is no sign of illness. This is called remissio...

Fecal Calprotectin Test for Crohn's and Colitis

The best test currently available to assess intestinal inflammation, the type that occurs with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, is an endoscopy. An endoscopy is a flexible tube with a small light and scope or ...

Vaccinations

An Overview of Immunizations and Recommendations for Patients on Biologics and Immunosuppressants Many treatments for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis involve the use of immunosuppressants and/or biologics whic...

IBD Advocates You Should Know About

Surrounding ourselves with positive, supportive people can have such a big impact on our lives. That supportive network gives us energy and strength when we need it and it gives us courage and inspiration to overcome...

Participating In Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are an integral part of advancing scientific research and delivering promising new treatments. Research gathered from a clinical trial can help to advance our knowledge in preventing, detecting or t...

Risk Factors Predicting Severe Crohn’s Disease

Risk factors Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. It can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. Periodic flares are likely to occur...

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is Becoming a Global Concern

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes inflammation in all or parts of the intestines. The two most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. While both ...

Environmental Risk Factors and the Global Increase of IBD

A number of explanations have been suggested to explain the differing rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) between the Western world countries (North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand) and newly indust...

How Crohn’s Disease Changes Your Intestines

Most people associate Crohn’s Disease with the symptoms that accompany it – pain, cramping, diarrhea, appetite loss, so on and so forth. What people don’t often realize is that the inflammation characteristic of Cro...

How Doctors Are Monitoring Inflammation from IBD

You know about the laundry list of complications that may arise with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including structural damage to the intestines. And you know about different strategies and lifestyle techniques ...

Advances in the Treatment of Crohn’s Disease

Treating patients with Crohn’s disease has changed a lot over the past decades thanks to recent advances in medical research. Here is what you need to know about the most up-to-date treatment strategies. Goals of Tre...