inflammatory bowel disease


Definition of inflammatory bowel disease 

: either of two inflammatory diseases of the bowel:

a : crohn's disease

b : ulcerative colitis

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When autophagy’s essential genes are mutated and the process goes wrong, diseases from cancer to inflammatory bowel disease to Parkinson’s can result. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Is it time to target autophagy to treat disease?," 14 June 2018 When researchers chemically induced inflammatory bowel disease in another group of mice, those exposed to real-world levels of triclosan suffered increased damage to the colon and more-severe symptoms of colitis than did other mice. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 High risk factors include: Personal history of colon polyps or inflammatory bowel diseaseFamily history of colorectal cancer, polyps, or hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome Q: What are signs and symptoms for colon cancer? The Christ Hospital,, "Service volunteer beats cancer with the help of some familiar faces," 26 Apr. 2018 The new list now includes conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Parkinson’s, which will all go into effect immediately. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Treatment," 11 July 2018 Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the lining of your your digestive tract, which can spread deeper into your digestive tissues, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Crohn’s Disease Symptoms, From Diarrhea to Beyond," 13 June 2018 Disorders that may result from an imbalance of bacteria in the digestive system, researchers believe, ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to Parkinson’s disease to depression. Jonathan Saltzman,, "Bedford startup Kaleido Biosciences raises $101 million in funding round," 25 June 2018 Linton and her husband, producer and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, own Chihuahua De Beers, who developed inflammatory bowel disease while on kibble. Lesley Mckenzie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the Raw vs. Cooked Dog Food Debate: Hollywood's Top Vets Weigh In," 18 June 2018 People with a strong family history of colorectal cancers, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or certain other risk factors may need to begin testing even earlier than age 45, the ACS said. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The American Cancer Society Just Changed Its Guidelines Around Colorectal Cancer Screenings," 30 May 2018

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Medical Definition of inflammatory bowel disease 

: either of two inflammatory diseases of the bowel:

a : crohn's disease

b : ulcerative colitis

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