New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines for IBD Patients

Medical screening equipmentCertain patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis are at a higher risk for colorectal cancer than the general population. The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has released new recommendations for colorectal cancer screening for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These guidelines aim to help doctors identify individuals who are at a high risk for rectal or colon cancer and formulate adequate surveillance plans. The recommendations are published in a new medical position statement and technical review in the official AGA journal Gastroenterology. Continue reading →

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The Antibiotic Rifaximin Might Reduce Crohn's Symptoms

As discussed in a previous entry here at Crohn’s Today, antibiotics often are prescribed in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease, and some have shown to be effective in alleviating symptoms. In a journal article entitled “Adjunctive Antibiotic Therapy with Rifaximin May Help Reduce Crohn’s Disease Activity,” researchers Ira Shafran and Patricia Burgunder demonstrate how many Crohn’s patients have gone into remission while taking rifaximin (brand name Xifaxan). Continue reading →

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Diet for Crohn’s Disease: Beneficial and Detrimental Foods

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People with Crohn's disease frequently found bananas to be a beneficial food

As many people with Crohn’s disease know, some foods are tolerated by patients but others can cause symptoms to get worse. Recently, researchers in New Zealand tried to identify any foods that should be eaten or avoided by all Crohn’s patients. A comprehensive dietary survey was given to people with Crohn’s, and trends regarding beneficial and detrimental foods emerged. Results were published in a journal article entitled “Dietary factors in chronic inflammation: Food tolerances and intolerances of a New Zealand Caucasian Crohn’s disease population.” Continue reading →

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Treatment Adherence and the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

acupuncture and moxibustion patient with needles in his back

Patient receiving acupuncture treatment

Researchers in Hungary surveyed over 650 patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and found high rates of treatment non-adherence and usage of complementary and alternative medicine. Over 20 percent of the patients admitted to taking less than 80 percent of prescribed medicine, while over 30 percent of them had tried complementary and alternative therapies. The non-adherence figure is actually lower than percentages found in other studies that show that non-adherence can be as high as 66 percent for some medications. Reasons given for sub-par adherence include forgetfulness, large quantity of pills, fear of side effects, and frequency of dosing. Continue reading →

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Blueberries Can Protect Against Ulcerative Colitis

blueberries on a dishMany experts consider blueberries to be a food with multiple health benefits. Adding to this sentiment is research conducted by Camilla Bränning and Åsa Håkanssonin in Sweden showing that blueberries can counteract intestinal inflammation such as that resulting from ulcerative colitis. This anti-inflammatory effect might be due in part to blueberries being high in polyphenols, which have antimicrobial and antioxidative effects. Continue reading →

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