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Inflammatory bowel disease

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Inflammatory bowel disease is one of a variety of unrelated but ongoing gastrointestinal disorders. Inflammatory bowel disease is one of a variety of unrelated but ongoing gastrointestinal disorders. J.B. Hill

Explainer: what is inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine that can cause life-threatening complications and may require surgery. Luckily, current therapies offer…
The available evidence shows colonic therapy is neither safe nor effective. The available evidence shows colonic therapy is neither safe nor effective. MoHotta18

Colonic therapy: panacea or placebo?

PANACEA OR PLACEBO – A weekly series assessing the evidence behind complementary and alternative medicines. Colonic therapy – also known as colonic irrigation, colonic hydrotherapy or a high enema – is…
Patients struggling with unpleasant and debilitating gastrointestinal diseases may benefit from some of these advances. Patients struggling with unpleasant and debilitating gastrointestinal diseases may benefit from some of these advances. KayVee INC

The future of personalised medicine … for your gut

The emerging field of personalised medicine seeks to tailor therapies to suit an individual’s metabolism or genetic make-up. This strategy has worked well with medication for specific forms of breast cancer…
Chron’s disease causes the wall of the intestine to become inflamed. Chron’s disease causes the wall of the intestine to become inflamed. Flickr/Rob Wiltshire

Explainer: Crohn’s disease and intestinal immune balance

Scientific and medical articles, and websites by Crohn’s disease associations give similar definitions of the illness: “Crohn’s disease is a chronic, inflammatory disorder which may involve any part of…
Antibiotics' ability to kill gut germs could be contributing to the rise of chronic inflammatory diseases. Antibiotics' ability to kill gut germs could be contributing to the rise of chronic inflammatory diseases. Bmramon/Wikimedia Commons

Help or hindrance? Antibiotics' role in chronic inflammatory diseases

We sometimes forget that antibiotics kill beneficial microorganisms as well as those that threaten our health. In fact, the damage they wreak on “good” germs could be responsible for the growth of certain…

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