Ulcerative Colitis Treatment News and Information

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, ulcerative colitis is defined as a chronic disease which causes inflammation—irritation or swelling—and sores called ulcers on the inner lining of the large intestine. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon. Ulcerative colitis is the result of an abnormal response by your body’s immune system.

See below for updated news and information regarding ulcerative colitis including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Ulcerative Colitis Treatment News and Research

Ulcerative Colitis Research News: U-M researchers discover what makes drug for ulcerative colitis tick

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN) - For approximately 70 years, physicians have used a medication containing the active agent mesalamine to treat ulcerative colitis, but little was known about how the drug targeted the inflammatory bowel disease. Now, a group of University of Michigan researchers have identified one of the ways by which mesalamine works. Ulcerative colitis is part of a group of ...
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnosis Research: New Sensor Integrates Inflammatory Bowel Disease Detection into Colonoscopy Procedure

(SOURCE: THE OPTICAL SOCIETY) - Device could fill major gap in IBD diagnosis and treatment by helping to distinguish disease subtype and inform a personalized approach to treatment.  Researchers have developed the first sensor capable of objectively identifying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and distinguishing between its two subtypes. The device represents a substantial achievement toward a more personalized approach to diagnosing and ...
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Colorectal Cancer Research News: Enzyme Could Protect Against Type of Colorectal Cancer By Suppressing Tumors, Study Finds

(SOURCE: GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY) - An enzyme that plays an active role in inflammation could be a natural way to suppress tumors and ulcers in the colon that are found in colitis associated cancer (CAC), a type of colorectal cancer that is driven by chronic inflammation, according to a new study. Researchers at Georgia State University and Stony Brook University ...
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment News: Research Offers New Insight for Developing More Effective Drugs to Combat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - RIVERSIDE) - UC Riverside research points to a specific receptor that therapeutic approaches could target.  Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It is commonly treated with one of several available biological drugs that block an inflammatory molecule called Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNF-alpha), but ...
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