A Chinese research study investigated if human derived stem cells can treat induced colitis in mice.

The researchers were specifically interested in studying human umblical cord mesenchymal stem cells which have a poor immunogenic response. This means they are less likely to trigger the immune system into attacking them. At the same time mesenchymal stem cells have potent immunosuppressive qualities, in that they suppress the autoimmune system response. Given these properties, they are being investigated extensively for treatment in those who have autoimmune related diseases. Continue reading “Umbilical Stem Cells May Offer Treatment For Inflammatory Bowel Diseases” »

A recent study suggests kids & teens may not be properly taking medication prescribed to them for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Representatives Jesse Jackson Jr. & Ander Crenshaw teamed up recently to create the Congressional Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus. The aim of the new caucus is to raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis. Republican representative Ander Crenshew personally knows the struggle that Inflammatory Bowel Diseases can cause due to the fact that he has a child with one of the diseases.

“As a parent of a child with Crohn’s and colitis, I have witnessed first-hand the often debilitating effects of this disease,” Crenshaw said, according to a press release. “Alongside Congressman Jackson, I am continuing to help raise much-needed awareness about issues related to Crohn’s and colitis — across party lines.”

Quote from Politico.com

This is not the first time that Crenshaw also has teamed up with others in the past to raise awareness about Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In 2009 he teamed up with NFL player David Garrad for the Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s and Kick-off Event.

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