Fiber intake was linked to fewer disease flares for patients with Crohn's disease but had no effect on those with ulcerative colitis, researchers reported in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Data showed Crohn's patients who ate foods high in fiber were about 40% less likely to have a disease flare, compared with those who did not eat them.
A British study of 3,000 patients found Crohn's disease was more prevalent in women than men, 57.4% vs. 42.2%, and highest in patients ages 16 to 29. Rates of ulcerative colitis were similar in both genders and increased with age, the study showed.
Emily Egan does not let the fact she has both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis keep her down, despite constant flare-ups, nine surgeries, numerous hospital stays and chemotherapy. The 23-year-old from Kaukauna, Wis., is raising awareness of inflammatory bowel disease by running in the first Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon with Team Challenge of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada has begun the Crohn's and Colitis Declaration to help lead a discussion about the difficulties people with IBD face every day that can affect quality of life. The campaign aims to improve education and reduce the stigma of the diseases.
The symptoms of small bowel endometriosis and Crohn's disease can mimic each other among female patients in terms of clinical presentation, symptoms, radiological appearances, and surgical and pathological findings, a case study says. Currently, there is no precise test available to differentiate between the two conditions.