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A retrospective cohort study of post colorectal surgery and trips to the emergency department (ED) is discussed in the journal of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. In order to increase prevention of return ED visits—approximately 11% of patients—researchers characterized the factors that brought...

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To help fulfill its mission to champion “the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive disorders, serving as a beacon to guide the delivery of the highest quality, compassionate, and evidence-based patient care,” The American College of Gastroenterology has devoted its October issue of The...

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Although scientists noted a vitamin D deficiency in irritable bowel syndrome sufferers, a new study of vitamin D supplementation showed no improvement in symptoms. The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, randomized 135 participants to receive daily vitamin D supplements or a...

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Most practitioners know that their parents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience pain and decreased quality of life. What they may not be aware of is the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in this patient population. A study published in International Journal of General Medicine illustrated...

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A study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Cleveland Clinic warns of the link between a western diet and the immune system. The research published in Cell Host & Microbe states that foods high in fat and sugar negatively affect the Paneth cells.

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Does childhood maltreatment contribute to higher rates of pain catastrophizing in those with immune-mediated inflammatory disease (IMID)? Researchers asking that question published their findings in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Over 570 people with multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel...

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For those patients whose ulcerative colitis is unmanageable, a surgical procedure called a restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis may be performed. The J-pouch procedure involves a pouch being constructed from healthy tissue from the small intestine, which replaces the section...

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The American College of Gastroenterology has published its first-ever guideline for the management of irritable bowel syndrome. Guideline coauthor Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, commented, "We identified 25 clinically important questions that clinicians frequently ask and then used GRADE (Grading of...

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Colitis is a major health problem in the United States. A Science Translational Medicine article states that mice fed a diet high in sugar had aggravated colitis. While high-fat diets may trigger inflammatory bowel disease, the role of sugar has been controversial, according to Hasan Zaki, PhD, lead...

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A cluster of conditions that frequently co-occur, can be local or widespread, and either solely or predominantly affect women are referred to as chronic overlapping pain conditions. They include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Painful bladder syndrome
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic low back...

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