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Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is most commonly diagnosed in adolescents or young adults, but it can strike at any age (even in children). Tough to diagnosis and often mistaken for other illnesses, Crohn's disease can cause diarrhea, gut pain, and even skin, joint, and eye problems. Read more about how you can get Crohn's disease under control with medication and lifestyle changes.

Crohn's Disease Journey

Conquering Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers that may affect the deepest layers of the lining of the digestive tract. It can also cause abnormal openings or connections (fistulas) in the diseased intestine.

Crohn's Disease News

  • Gut Bacteria May Play Role in Crohn’s Disease

    By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The community of bacteria that typically live in the human gut is radically altered in patients with Crohn’s disease, a new study shows. Overall, patients with Crohn’s have less diversity among their intestinal bacteria than healthy individuals. And certain types of harmful bacteria appear to be [...]

  • Stem Cell Discovery Might Someday Help Treat Colitis, Crohn’s

    FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they have found a way to grow intestinal stem cells and get them to develop into different types of mature intestinal cells. This achievement could one day lead to new ways to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers or Crohn’s disease by replacing a patient’s old gut [...]

  • Thalidomide May Help Kids With Crohn’s Disease

    By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Thalidomide, a drug made infamous after it caused devastating birth defects in the 1950s, may help treat children with Crohn’s disease who haven’t responded to other medications, new research suggests. After eight weeks of treatment, more than 46 percent of children taking thalidomide had reached remission, [...]

  • Crohn’s and Colitis May Be Tied to Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

    MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) — People with inflammatory bowel disease may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 150,000 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients who took part in nine studies. They found that these patients had a 10 percent to 25 percent increased [...]

  • Drug Shows Promise for People With Colitis, Crohn’s Disease

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug may help some people who have inflammatory bowel disease that has failed to respond to current medications, two new clinical trials find. The drug, called vedolizumab, is being developed to treat the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — ulcerative colitis and [...]

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