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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...

Ulcerative Colitis and Smoking

For most people smoking is simply a bad idea. Chronic smokers are at significantly greater risk for numerous ailments, including lung and mouth cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and respi...

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 Ulcerative Colitis

Risk factors Ulcerative colitis (UC) is chronic inflammatory condition of the large intestine, also known as the colon. It results in inflammation in the inner lining of the colon and rectum which can result in a num...

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 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 ...

How Ulcerative Colitis Can Change the Large Intestine

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is most often defined by its well-established symptoms: cramping, diarrhea, stomach noises, etc. And most patients with UC know these outward effects very well—some would say a little too wel...