Immune systems have their sinister side, especially when they have not learned how hard to fight. Crohn's Disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases inflict more than a million Americans with unbearable pain and digestive turmoil because of uncontrolled immune responses in the gut.
Scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have discovered some of the key molecular events in the immune system that contribute to inflammatory bowel disease. The results, which help researchers move one step further in their efforts to develop new drugs to treat inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases, are reported in the November 2010 edition of the journal Mucosal Immunology from the Nature Publishing Group.
People living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are known to be at high risk of blood clots when admitted to hospital during a flare-up of their disease but now new research by scientists at The University of Nottingham has shown that those who are not admitted to hospital during flare-ups are also at risk.
Five newly identified genetic regions may help explain how childhood inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) develops.
A new study shows at least one of the five new gene regions associated with childhood IBD is directly involved in the biological process that causes the painful inflammation of the digestive tract associated with the disease.
According to Philip B. Miner, Jr., M.D., President and Medical Director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Digestive Research, patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases are looking towards the National Center of Complementary Medicine because of:
the side effects and, in some cases, ineffectiveness of conventional medical treatments,
concerns around the nutritional value of the processed arid refined foods that have come to dominate the American diet,
If you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease, good nutrition can be difficult to achieve. Certain foods may irritate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and even if the diet is stellar, intestinal inflammation might prevent absorption of enough nutrients from the foods that are tolerated. If you have Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, consdier vitamin and mineral supplements.
Here is a list of nutrients, and their best sources, that may become deficient in Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis as a result of medications, surgical treatment, or intestinal inflammation itself.
HealthDay News reports: "It has long been known that the guts of humans and other mammals contain about 1,000 different species of bacteria that protect against infection and aid digestion. It has also been suspected that recent increases in asthma and certain food allergies may be due to disruptions in the delicate balance of the intestinal ecosystem, according to background information in the study".