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IBD, risk of bowel cancer and lymphoma

Sufferers from IBD have long been well aware that they run an increased risk of bowel cancer and that the risk of lymphoma is increased by certain immunosuppressant drugs.  Two recent studies one from Denmark and one from the Mayo clinic suggests…

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Azathioprine and the long term treatment of IBD

Azathioprine is an invaluable drug for the long term treatment of IBD. Many patients enjoy prolonged remissions. Its metabolite 6-mercaptopurine has similarly beneficial effects. One of the main anxieties in the use of azathioprine is the incidence…

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Cannabis smoking to treat Crohn’s?

My old Professor of surgery once told me that if several treatments were available for a disease, it meant that non of them worked very well!  However, the latest suggestion for the treatment of Crohn’s disease may come as a pleasant surprise…

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Contraceptive pill for women and IBD

Many young women with IBD worry whether or not it is safe to go on the contraceptive pill.  A recent study from Boston Massachusett s examines the importance of oral contraceptives as a cause of IBD.  232,452 women were followed up for a…

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Azathioprine and Photosensitivity

At long last the dismal winter and the long cold spring are behind us and Wimbledon was bathed in glorious sunshine. Delight at the arrival of the summer must, however, be tempered by a note of caution. People taking azathioprine should remember that…

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