New prevention, treatment methods for patients with painful bowel inflammation
May 21, 2007 - 3:59:37 AM
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 Marí¡ 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.
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