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E. coli toxin linked with inflammatory bowel disease

E. coli toxin linked with inflammatory bowel disease

New research suggests that a toxin produced by the bacteria E. coli may be what triggers inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease. The painful symptoms of IBD may be caused by a toxin produced by E. coli bacteria. The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes conditions characterized by chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, such as […]

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What to know about diverticulitis surgery

What to know about diverticulitis surgery

Diverticulitis causes pouches in the colon, also called the large intestine, to become inflamed and irritated. It can often be treated with changes in diet, medications, and rest. If these treatments fail, a doctor may recommend surgery. There are several types of surgery that can treat diverticulitis. A doctor will take a person’s health, risk […]

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What causes undigested food to appear in stool?

What causes undigested food to appear in stool?

Undigested food in a person’s stool is not usually a cause for concern. The body is not able to fully break down high-fiber foods, or foods with hard shells, such as sweetcorn. Consequently, these may pass through the digestive system unchanged. When undigested food in the stool is accompanied by another change in bowel habits, […]

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What to eat and avoid on a low-fiber diet

What to eat and avoid on a low-fiber diet

Fiber is a substance in plant-based foods that remains undigested as it passes through the small intestine. A low-fiber diet contains foods that are easily digested and absorbed. Following a low-fiber diet (also called a low residue diet) reduces the amount of undigested food moving through the small intestine, which reduces stool size and frequency. […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease may raise heart attack risk

Inflammatory bowel disease may raise heart attack risk

Inflammatory bowel disease raises the risk of heart attack. Also, the risk is independent of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol. The GI tract becomes inflamed in IBD. This was the conclusion of a study that explored the possible link between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and heart disease […]

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What are the causes of loose stools?

What are the causes of loose stools?

Loose stools are abnormally watery bowel movements that can have a range of different causes. They are very common and are not usually associated with any severe health risks. Loose stools often occur after eating, but can also happen at other points in the day. When loose stools occur consecutively on multiple occasions throughout a […]

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What is panniculitis? Causes and treatment

What is panniculitis? Causes and treatment

Panniculitis causes large, tender bumps to form under the skin. They usually occur on the lower legs but can affect other parts of the body. In this article, learn about the causes and types of panniculitis, as well as how it is treated. What is panniculitis? Erythema nodosum is a form of panniculitis that causes […]

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10 rashes caused by ulcerative colitis

10 rashes caused by ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition that causes inflammation in the large intestine and the rectum. It can also cause skin problems. This article explores how skin conditions are related to ulcerative colitis (UC), which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It also considers how to reduce skin problems during a flare-up and […]

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What is renal colic? Symptoms and relief

What is renal colic? Symptoms and relief

Renal colic is pain caused by a urinary tract stone (urolithiasis). The pain can be anywhere in the urinary tract, which includes the area from the kidneys to the ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra. Stones can occur anywhere in these areas and can vary significantly in size. Most stones occur due to a buildup of […]

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Colitis and Crohn’s: Is 21st century living to blame?

Colitis and Crohn’s: Is 21st century living to blame?

Inflammatory bowel disease is on the rise, especially in countries that adopt a Western lifestyle. Find out what the latest research reveals about how our modern lifestyle affects our chances of developing inflammatory bowel disease. Genetics alone cannot explain who develops IBD. It’s time to look at our environment and lifestyle, researchers say. Inflammatory bowel […]