World IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Day on May 19 shines a spotlight on two chronic and incurable conditions – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – which are sometimes referred to as “invisible diseases”.
An unusual type of transplant is offering hope to millions of people with ulcerative colitis. A stool transplant – or faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) – was shown to be successful in treating patients with the condition during a research study at the University of Adelaide.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases which occur when the intestines become inflamed. If you suffer from the condition, which produces a range of unpleasant symptoms including diarrhoea, stomach pain, cramping and bloating, bleeding ulcers, weight loss and anaemia, the latest research findings may make interesting reading.
Stem cell transplants were hailed in some of the tabloid press recently as a miracle cure for Crohn’s Disease, which is a chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease currently without a cure.
As the Festive season gets into full swing, many of us will be eating and drinking far more than we normally do. From the Christmas lunch to the office party to the mince pies and sherry, this time of year is an invitation to let our hair down (and maybe let our belt out a…
One in six deaths worldwide are due to cancer. In the UK, 359,734 cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2015. Cancer rates are continuing to rise and as more countries adopt Western lifestyles this is expected to skyrocket by as much as 54%. Global cancer rates are predicted to reach around 24 million by 2035.
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease are both forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – or IBD. Sometimes people refer to them as silent or hidden diseases because it is believed many people go undiagnosed.
A colostomy is a surgical procedure that diverts a part of your large intestine out through an opening in your abdominal wall. This creates a stoma to which a colostomy bag is attached for collecting poo. Colostomies can be temporary or long-term.
If you notice blood when you open your bowels, don’t ignore it, but equally, try not to panic as it can have many causes, many of them harmless.
What is it like to have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)? Unless you have the condition yourself or are close to someone who does, it’s not always easy to understand. Some doctors refer to it as an “invisible illness” because it often goes undiagnosed and is widely misunderstood.