• Transition to long-term IBD care relies on open communication, patient monitoring

    4 monthes ago - By Healio

    Therapeutic “de-escalation” relies on analysis of disease-related factors and careful monitoring of pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a presentation at the Crohn's and Colitis Congress.
    “The question of therapeutic de-escalation in pediatric IBD arises so often in clinical care with the common misconception that feeling better equates to being in endurable remission, rather than it simply being a sign that the medication is working,” Joel R. Rosh, MD, director of pediatric gastroenterology at Goryeb Children's Hospital in New Jersey,
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  • Vaccination reduces risk for severe adverse events in IBD patients with COVID-19

    Vaccination reduces risk for severe adverse events in IBD patients with COVID-19

    4 monthes ago - By Healio

    Patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have a lower risk for adverse events when diagnosed with a breakthrough infection, according to a presenter at the Crohn's and Colitis Congress.
    “Overall, we saw that vaccinated patients who subsequently developed COVID-19 had low rates of hospitalization, severe COVID-19 and death,” Emily Spiera, a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said during the presentation. “The risk factors that we found were use of a non-mRNA vaccine, older age and being on
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  • IBD patients using specific carbohydrate diet report symptom improvement

    IBD patients using specific carbohydrate diet report symptom improvement

    4 monthes ago - By Healio

    Patients with inflammatory bowel disease reported improvement in symptoms using a personalized specific carbohydrate diet, according to a presenter at the Crohn's and Colitis Congress.
    Ali Arjomand, PhD, director of Modulla Health in Washington, and colleagues developed My SCD Protocol, a customizable plan for patients with IBD, based on the specific carbohydrate diet. The digital protocol provides educational resources, self-assessment tools and instructions for patients interested in using the SCD.
    “The real key is not to go too fast with the introduction of ingredients and
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  • Reminder alerts improve vaccination adherence among IBD patients

    Reminder alerts improve vaccination adherence among IBD patients

    4 monthes ago - By Healio

    A quality improvement intervention increased vaccination adherence among patients with inflammatory bowel disease on immunosuppressive therapy, according to research presented at the Crohn's and Colitis Congress.
    “Immunosuppressive therapy has really altered the course of inflammatory bowel disease in terms of prognosis and treatment,” Tony M. Cheng, MD, of the department of internal medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, said. “Inflammatory bowel disease patients at baseline have an increased risk for many of the vaccine-preventable illnesses,
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