PUBLISHED: 11:44 12 June 2018 Lauren Hockney IBD clinical nurse specialists Joy Mason and Kelly Turner Picture: SHARMILA GUPTA Archant Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have been given support and advice at a special event organised by Colchester Hospital experts. Sharmila Gupta, consultant colorectal surgeon at Colchester General Hospital Picture: STEPHEN BOND The meeting, hosted jointly by the hospital and Crohn’s and Colitis UK (CCUK), saw around 50 people listen to talks on quality of life after surgery, food and the research trials which are taking place at Colchester. Patients were also given the chance to ask questions and get help and advice from the hospital’s colorectal surgeons, dietitians, research nurses and IBD clinical nurse specialists. During the meeting, on Saturday, June 9 the North Essex CCUK branch also received a donation of £260 from Chris Millar. The money was raised at Debbie Millar’s School of Dance’s annual … [Read more...] about Support for patients living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
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PUBLISHED: 16:03 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 07 June 2018 Gemma Mitchell The inflammatory bowel disease surgical team at Colchester General Hospital carrying out a procedure Picture: STEPHEN BOND STEPHEN BOND A new “one-stop shop” website has been launched by Colchester General Hospital to help people live well with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Sharmila Gupta, lead surgeon for inflammatory bowel disease at Colchester General Hospital Picture: STEPHEN BOND The platform provides a raft of information and advice for people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, known collectively as IBD. As well as helping patients understand what to expect from diagnosis and treatment, it introduces the staff who provide care at the IBD service. The site also features patients stories to offer reassurance to those who have recently been diagnosed. Dr Ian Gooding, consultant gastroenterologist at the hospital, said: “Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are … [Read more...] about Colchester General Hospital launches new support platform for bowel disease patients
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that it had approved Pfizer Inc’s drug, Xeljanz, to treat adults with moderate-to-severe active ulcerative colitis. The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly The effectiveness of Xeljanz in treating ulcerative colitis was shown in three controlled clinical trials, including two trials that showed the drug caused disease remission in about 17-18 percent of the patients. The drug is already approved by the FDA to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Xeljanz is expected to bring in sales of $2.16 billion in 2019, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. It had generated sales of $1.35 billion in 2017. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that affects the colon and causes recurrent flares of abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. More than 900,000 people suffer from the disease in the … [Read more...] about FDA clears Pfizer’s Xeljanz for inflammatory bowel disease
Credit: iStock.com/margouillatphotos Once a widespread “plague of the sea,” the vitamin C deficiency known as scurvy is a treatable and manageable condition in today’s world. Due to many deaths linked to the disease throughout history, the question, “Is scurvy contagious?” remains. Treatment for scurvy, or scorbutus, often involves simple dietary changes. The human body cannot produce vitamin C on its own. Therefore, it’s important to include foods rich in the vitamin in your daily diet. While many of the fruits and vegetables we consume contain the daily recommended amounts of vitamin C, lack of access to fresh produce is an issue in many parts of the world. Those with access to vitamin C-enriched foods may also be at risk for scurvy due to medical or behavioral conditions like Crohn’s disease or certain eating disorders. In This Article: Who Is Affected by Scurvy (Scorbutus)? Is Scurvy Contagious? What Are the Symptoms of Scurvy … [Read more...] about How Essential is Vitamin C to Prevent Scurvy Disease?
(Natural News) Broccoli-based yogurt may seem weird, but it could be beneficial for your colon. New research suggested that the combination of yogurt and broccoli could be used to treat or even prevent colon cancer. The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore.In the study, a harmless bacteria called Escherichia coli Nissle, which is found in the gut, was engineered by professors and researchers Matthew Chang and Chun-Loong Ho. Then, they used genetic methods to develop the bacteria into a probiotic that attaches itself to the surface of the colon cancer cells and secretes an enzyme to convert a substance found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables into a powerful anti-cancer agent. Broccoli, a known superfood, possesses a cancer-fighting chemical called sulforane. On the other hand, yogurt has probiotics, which help maintain a natural balance of organisms in the gut. (Related: Broccoli delivers a one-two punch to prevent cancer … [Read more...] about Broccoli yogurt? Researchers found the concoction killed 75% of bowel cancer tumors in mice, raising hopes it can treat or prevent the disease in humans