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   Posted 9/11/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I signed up for a free newsletter on GI issues from the American College of Gastrointerology.  Here are some highlights:
IBD patients have higher rates of depression, study finds
Canadian research shows inflammatory bowel disease patients have higher rates of depression and other types of anxiety and mood disorders compared with people who don't have IBD. The study found IBD patients had higher rates of major depression, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, but lower rates of social anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder.
Food labels are unclear about fiber content
Nutrition Facts labels have a glitch -- they do not include whether a food's fiber content is intact or isolated. Isolated fiber, which some food manufacturers add to their products, may not have the same nutritional value as natural, intact fiber. To make sure you are meeting your fiber needs, eat 25 to 30 grams a day from whole-food sources such as vegetables, fruit, grains and nuts.
Food poisoning can lead to long-term health effects
A small but growing number of people are developing long-term health problems from food poisoning that can show up years after the episode. Arthritis, kidney damage and Guillain-Barre syndrome have been tied to strains of salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter, respectively.
Earlier colon cancer testing may be needed for IBD patients
Researchers in the Netherlands report 22% of IBD patients in their study developed colon cancer before the starting point of screening recommendations. The researchers said screening should be based on patient risk factors, such as disease severity, age of IBD onset and family history of colorectal cancer.
Crohn's patient finds relief with stem cell transplant
Billy Tytaneck of Canada says a stem cell transplant for his Crohn's disease saved him from having to undergo surgery to remove some of his bowel. Stem cell transplants were only done in the U.S. at the time, but the University of Ottawa student convinced physicians at the Ottawa Hospital to make him one of the first Crohn's patients to get the treatment in Canada.

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   Posted 9/12/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Those are great!!! Thanks Keri for posting them.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 9/12/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting tid-bits indeed. Thanks. Sure wish I could pinpoint my problems but my doctors swear it's because I no longer have a sigmoid, due to rectal cancer and also lost 15 inches of my colon. I have also read somewhere, years ago, that when doctors perform a major colon resection, as in my case (5 hour procedure), they give you the large incision (mine is vertical, at least 6 inches long, naval on down), then they pull out your intestines and lay them out onto your stomach. Then they can get to the area that needs resection. When they finish and put you back together, they can't put it all back inside the way it was before the incision. They can try but it will never be the same exact way you were "created". I remember when I read this on a medical website and thought - oh that's just great to learn. I am not put back together the way I was prior to cancer. Well.......I could have told my doctors that! Had they asked....or I knew anything about all of this 9 years ago. Back then I was so new at this and wanted to just go back to my former eating habits - wrong, wrong!

I have come a long way since then. Mostly I just wish I had RAN to my already established Gastro doc when the very mild rectal bleeding started. I remember the exact day - Dec. 16, 1998. At a xmas party (discovered it when using the bathroom, which was odd because my period wasn't due for a few weeks). Had an appt. a few weeks later, for a different medical concern, told my Internist, he said oh it's probably just hemmoroids, you've had 2 vaginal births, it's probably just strain. Take extra fiber in your diet. Well, this is WHAT you want to hear. Time went on and something told me it wasn't just hemmoroids. So long story short, by the time I was diagnosed with rectal cancer, almost 4 months went by. FOUR Months. I wished I had called my Gastro guy ASAP. I had had benign polyps in 1997, now why did I call him? I didn't want to face something could be wrong I guess. And I wanted to believe it was the usual holiday stress of not eating right, etc.

But anywho, it would be great if we could all pinpoint our troubles, fix the problems and then we'd all be set. And feeling fine!

If only.......

Post Edited (Marsky) : 9/12/2008 11:21:36 PM (GMT-6)

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