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Specific carbohydrate diets, even modified, improve pediatric IBD symptoms

Pediatric patients adhering to a specific carbohydrate diet or modified specific carbohydrate diet showed improved symptoms of their inflammatory bowel disease, according to a presentation at Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.“We took a unique way of investigating diet … something called n-of-1 trials, which has significant benefit for looking at diet in conditions such as IBD….

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Dietary therapy plus medical therapy may better improve outcomes in IBD

A presentation at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress, highlighted recent updates on dietary therapy for inflammatory bowel disease.Arie Levine, MD, professor, Edith Wolfson Medical Center Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit at Tel Aviv University in Israel, spoke about recent updates regarding the Crohn’s Disease Exclusion Diet for patients with CD and the low FODMAP diet for irritable…

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Biologic use before surgery not linked with increased infections

Biologic therapy exposure within 60 days of inflammatory bowel disease-related surgery did not confer a risk for post-operative infectious or surgical site complications, according to research presented at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.“We’re all aware that earlier reports from multiple studies suggested that biologics before surgery are associated with increased post-operative morbidity, but it’s been…

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Hospitalizations less likely among older patients with IBD on Entyvio

Older patients with inflammatory bowel disease who initiate Entyvio therapy had lower risk for hospitalization than those treated with anti-TNF, according to research presented at the Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.Bharati Kochar, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital, said that while older adults make up a large portion of patients with IBD in the United States, they…