Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. have an inflammatory bowel disease, and half have a type known as ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis can cause severe bouts of diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, and other symptoms, possibly caused by an abnormal immune response that damages the lining of the colon and rectum.
Ulcerative Colitis Is Chronic, but TreatableUlcerative colitis is a chronic condition, but people can be symptom-free for years between occasional flare-ups. Treatment with medication helps to prevent or ease those flare-ups. Dietary changes can help prevent flare-ups too.
Ulcerative Colitis News
FRIDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) — Humira (adalimumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis in adults, the agency said Friday. Humira — a type of drug called an anti-tumor necrosis factor that’s designed to suppress abnormal inflammatory and immune responses — has already been approved to treat [...]
By Julia VanTineHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) — The case of a man who swallowed parasite eggs to treat his ulcerative colitis — and actually got better — sheds light on how “worm therapy” might help heal the gut, a new study suggests. “Our findings in this case report suggest that infection with the eggs [...]
FRIDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) — Getting tested for inflammatory bowel disease through an endoscopy isn’t a pleasant experience, but a new review of existing research suggests that a simple stool test may help doctors figure out who needs the more extensive screening. Inflammatory bowel disease refers to a number of conditions — including Crohn’s [...]
Researchers have succeeded in sequencing 3.3 million genes from organisms residing in the human gut.
A protein that plays a key role in protecting the intestinal tract from bacterial infection and inflammation has been identified by U.S. researchers.