Delay in IBD diagnosis may be linked to stunted growth in children

Canadian researchers found an independent correlation between delay in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis and height impairment, with every one standard deviation decrease in height-to-age z-score tied to a nearly 70% higher diagnostic delay risk. The findings in the Archives of Disease in Childhood also showed an independent link between bloody diarrhea and a reduced

Factors identified which can predict risk in colitis

Clinical measures can predict risks in acute severe colitis A study in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found evaluating clinical features in patients with acute severe colitis may help predict the long-term risk of colectomy and steroid dependence. The four measures included in the study were patient response on day seven of hospitalization, steroid

Colon cancer increase in younger adults raises screening issues

As we recently reported here, according to a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more adults ages 20 to 54 are dying from colorectal cancer than ever before. This raises issues regarding the benefits of earlier screening and better detection methods for younger patients. Although no new guidelines have yet emerged, and

Colon cancer increases among younger white patients

Colon cancer incidence rate among younger white patients has increased, but has remained stable among blacks. Colorectal cancer deaths among white patients under age 55 have also increased, but they have decreased among blacks in the same age group.  These findings were published in a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Barbershop program boosts colon cancer screening in black men

Black men who were paired with a community-based patient navigator were more likely to follow through on colonoscopies or other testing for colorectal cancer than those in a control group. Community health workers identified the men as eligible for colorectal cancer testing in visits to barbershops throughout New York City. “Although previous studies have shown

Children with diabetes at risk for celiac

Celiac disease is seen more frequently in youth with type 1 diabetes, but there are variations between countries in how often the two conditions occur together, according to an Australian study in the journal Diabetes Care. The study found 3.5% of young people with diabetes had celiac disease, with the prevalence ranging from 1.9% in

Rural living may reduce IBD

The contribution of environmental factors, diet, and related issues like the status of the microbiome once again come into focus in a recent medical article. A Canadian study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology linked living in a rural area with a lower risk of inflammatory bowel disease. The protective effect was particularly strong among