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New prevention, treatment methods for patients with painful bowel inflammation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2007) -- Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is an umbrella term referring to a group of disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines, including ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease and perianal fistula. Nearly one million Americans experience some form of IBD every year, which is often chronic or recurring. Research presented today at Digestive Disease Week 2007 (DDW) looks at preventative measures and potential treatment options for these painful and debilitating conditions. DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

"Inflammatory bowel diseases are serious and complex diseases with varied preventative and treatment options, and we are pleased to see more attention directed toward improving the lives of people suffering from these conditions," said Mara Abreu, M.D., Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "The studies presented today provide evidence that scientists are beginning to capitalize on previous research to better understand, prevent and treat intestinal inflammation."

Can Patients with Diverticular Disease Eat Nuts, Corn and Popcorn" (Abstract #769)

Diverticulosis is a common disease of the large intestine characterized by pouches in the colon that bulge outward through weak spots in the colon musculature. These pouches can become inflamed, a complication referred to as diverticulitis, or they can bleed, often profusely. Patients with diverticulosis, particularly those who have complications, are frequently advised to avoid nuts and seeds; however, there is little evidence to support this recommendation. The aim of this study, conducted by researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, was to prospectively evaluate whether nut, corn and popc
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Contact: Aimee Frank
AFrank@gastro.org
301-941-2620
American Gastroenterological Association
21-May-2007


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