Crohn's / IBD

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 […]

Crohn's / IBD

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 […]

Crohn's / IBD

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 […]

Crohn's / IBD

Treating constipation in Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease tends to cause frequent diarrhea, but it can also cause constipation. This constipation may result from medications, other health conditions, or lifestyle factors. Doctors consider a person to have constipation if they have fewer than three bowel movements a week. Other symptoms of constipation can include hard or dry stools, pain or difficulty […]

Crohn's / IBD

What to expect during a bowel resection

Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation within the digestive tract. While medications are often effective in treating or preventing symptoms, some people may require surgery if standard treatments are unsuccessful. One type of surgery that a doctor may recommend for people with Crohn’s disease is bowel resection. This procedure involves removing part […]

Crohn's / IBD

Crohn’s disease and joint pain

Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes a range of gastrointestinal symptoms. Some people with this disease may also experience joint pain. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, that can affect any part of the digestive tract. However, the inflammationmost commonly affects the last section of the small intestine […]

Crohn's / IBD

Risks of leaving ulcerative colitis untreated

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition that affects the bowels. Without treatment, symptoms can get worse, and the inflammation may spread further along the colon, which can lead to complications. Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. In people with ulcerative colitis, an overactive immune system attacks the lining of the colon, causing […]

Crohn's / IBD GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

Immune system vs. gut bacteria: How vitamin A ‘keeps the peace’

New findings about the role of vitamin A in mediating the relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system may prove “critical” for devising new therapies for autoimmune conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory diseases that affect the intestine. Carrots, butter, and cheese are some of the richest sources of vitamin […]

Cancer / Oncology Crohn's / IBD

Can chemotherapy help treat Crohn’s?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation, primarily in the digestive tract. While there is no cure for Crohn’s, some types of chemotherapy could reduce the symptoms and cause the disease to go into remission. Doctors typically only recommend chemotherapy for Crohn’s disease in very specific circumstances, including when other standard treatment […]