If you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, you know diet is important to managing symptoms. There isn’t one specific diet for everyone with IBD, but these fall foods are common triggers.
Rectal cancer typically affects people later in life, but doctors are seeing a surprising trend toward younger patients, particularly younger baby boomers. A colorectal surgeon answers some key questions.
If your child has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, you most likely — and understandably– have many questions and concerns. To navigate through this disease, it’s important that you know exactly what this autoimmune disorder is.
We’ve all heard of the purported health benefits of probiotics, but what exactly is it that is supposed to make these healthy little microbes good for you?
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A Facebook post by aspiring model Bethany Townsend, 23, went viral in June, when Ms. Townsend posted a picture of herself in a bikini that revealed her toned body — and her colostomy bags. She has worn them since 2010 to help manage her Crohn’s disease. Townsend’s shame-free attitude about needing to wear colostomy bags is exactly what colorectal … Read More
If it seems like you know a lot more people with a painful digestive disease these days, it’s not just your imagination. Cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have increased dramatically in recent years — and they keep rising. Estimates say that 1.4 million Americans have some form of IBD. These diseases aren’t just “trendy” because … Read More
The old saying goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they can also be a window into your health. Ophthalmologists often see clues in the eyes that warn of health issues elsewhere in your body. “Any ophthalmologist who does routine eye exams can detect these problems,” says ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD. … Read More
It might not be a treatment for the most squeamish among us. But for certain patients battling Crohn’s disease, a concoction made from the eggs of an intestinal parasite could soon be just what the doctor orders. Researchers say the microscopic eggs of pig whipworm (or Trichuris suis) hold promise for treating severe cases of … Read More
If you have an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the more you know, the better. How many people are affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis? How many genes do we know are associated with IBD? How often will IBD patients need colon surgery? Get the answers — and see … Read More
Colon cleansing, also called colonic hydrotherapy and colonic irrigation, is promoted for digestive troubles such as bloating, colitis, constipation and indigestion. It is also touted for completely unrelated problems. These include arthritis, alcoholism, allergies, lethargy, asthma and skin conditions. While this popular complementary treatment offers a great option for some patients with specific problems, I … Read More