A high level of perceived stress in patients with inflammatory bowel disease correlated with exacerbated symptoms but did not appear to increase inflammation in a 478-patient study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Researchers found no link between perceived stress and intestinal inflammation in patients with either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. The findings suggest symptom burden could be decreased by helping patients with IBD manage stress, study author Dr. Laura Targownik said. Read the abstract.
A decade-long follow-up to a long-term French study of more than 67,000 women found those who ate a greater share of meat and fish had more than triple the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers said the IBD risk did not extend to women who had a high intake of dairy products and eggs.
Hospitalized IBD patients who have clostridium difficile infection face poorer clinical outcomes, longer stays, higher costs and higher rates of lower GI endoscopy than those without IBD. One expert said all IBD flares should be evaluated for C. difficile infection.
Pathogenic E. coli may be associated with inflammatory bowel disease, Canadian investigators found. Although the link is unclear, researchers found the prevalence of the bacteria was much higher in tissues of IBD patients than in the control group.
A study of 145 people with inflammatory bowel diseases found several factors point to an increased risk of colon cancer, including a year or more of continuous symptoms, frequent attacks and a disease that involves scarring of the bile ducts.