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Diagnosing IBD: Noninvasive method trialed in mice

Diagnosing IBD: Noninvasive method trialed in mice

New research in mice shows that immuno-positron emission tomography can accurately detect inflammatory bowel disease in a murine model and that the imaging technique can reveal specific details regarding mediators of inflammation. In the future, doctors may use PET scanning technology to detect IBD. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic condition that affected approximately […]

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Why does my stool smell foul?

Why does my stool smell foul?

Foul-smelling stool has a particularly bad odor. Often, this is due to the foods that people eat. In some cases, however, foul-smelling stool can indicate an underlying medical condition. This article outlines eight causes of foul-smelling stool, along with information on diagnosis, treatments, and when to see a doctor. 1. Antibiotics and infection In some […]

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Researchers explore ‘completely novel, nontoxic’ IBD treatment

Researchers explore ‘completely novel, nontoxic’ IBD treatment

Gastrointestinal problems — from diarrhea to issues caused by food allergies to inflammatory bowel disease — have one common characteristic. A new study suggests an innovative way of tackling it to both prevent and treat gastrointestinal conditions. New research may have opened up a promising avenue for IBD treatment and prevention strategies. Inflammatory bowel disease […]

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What to know about tumor necrosis factor

What to know about tumor necrosis factor

Tumor necrosis factor is a protein found in the human body. Doctors link it with many inflammatory conditions, including forms of arthritis. In a healthy person, tumor necrosis factor (TNF) helps the body to fight off infections. In people with autoimmune diseases, however, high levels of TNF in the blood can cause unnecessary inflammation, resulting […]

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Is it safe to take Humira and alcohol together?

Is it safe to take Humira and alcohol together?

Many doctors consider it safe for people to drink alcohol in moderation while taking Humira. However, there is little research into how alcohol and Humira interact, so researchers may not yet know the risks. According to Humira’spatient information sheets, “There are no particular risks associated with alcohol when you are taking HUMIRA.” Adalimumab (Humira) is […]

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Stelara vs. Humira: What’s the difference?

Stelara vs. Humira: What’s the difference?

Stelara and Humira are two biological medicines that doctors use to treat immune system conditions. They have different effects on the body and some different benefits and risks. Biological medicines, or biologics, are a class of drugs composed of naturally occurring molecules, such as sugars and proteins. Some biologics contain living cells or tissues. Manufacturers […]

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IBD: New approach to symptom relief looks promising

IBD: New approach to symptom relief looks promising

Treatments that target inflammation directly don’t work for many people with inflammatory bowel disease. Now, new research suggests that blocking a protein involved in blood clotting could be a promising alternative. New research brings hope of a new treatment for people living with IBD. After studying genetic data from lots of people with inflammatory bowel […]

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IBD: A low-calorie plant diet relieves inflammation, repairs gut

IBD: A low-calorie plant diet relieves inflammation, repairs gut

Repeated cycles of a low-calorie, plant-based diet have shown promise as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. A low-calorie diet rich in vegetables may reduce inflammation in IBD. Scientists at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles recently tested what they describe as the “fasting-mimicking” diet on a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease […]

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What are the facts of Crohn’s disease?

What are the facts of Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition that causes inflammation and irritation along the digestive tract. Knowing the facts about Crohn’s can help a person better understand and manage their condition. In this article, we explore Crohn’s disease and its causes, risk factors, and prevalence. We also describe the differences between Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and irritable […]