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Causes Doctors do not know the exact causes of inflammatory bowel disease. IBD appears to be due to an interaction of many complex factors including genetics, impaired immune system response, and environmental triggers. The result is an abnormal immune system reaction, which in turn causes an inflammatory response in the bodys intestinal regions. The Inflammatory Response An inflammatory response occurs when the body tries to protect itself from what it perceives as invasion by a foreign substance (antigen). Antigens may be viruses, bacteria, or other harmful substances. In Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis, the body mistakenly targets harmless substances (food, beneficial bacteria, or the intestinal tissue itself) as harmful. To fight infection, the body releases various chemicals and white blood cells, which in turn produce byproducts that cause chronic inflammation in the intestinal lining. Over time, the inflammation damages and permanently changes the intestinal lining. Genetic F...
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported this year that in 2006 Alzheimer's disease moved up one place to become the 6 th leading cause of death in the USA. 72,914 Americans died of the disease. While life expectancy for Americans increased to an average 78.1years, statistics showed that Alzheimer's disease was the only one of the 15 leading cause of death where death rates increased (age is one of the major risk factors for Alzheimer's).
When people get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease they not only have to face living with the illness itself, they often begin to consider their death. Many ‘patients', and their families, wonder how they will die and start to ask health care workers for more information about end of life issues.
Statistics vary about the length of time people survive with Alzheimer's from diagnosis to death, but it is about 8 years. The cause of death varies, but is one of three ways;
from another medical condition such as heart disease or ...
The cause of Crohn's disease , according to the National Institutes of Health, is still a mystery. There are many theories but none has been definitively proven.
Some researchers are wondering if diet may play a role in this disease. It's a notion that would seem to make some sense - after all, the job of the digestive system is to interact with the outside world by breaking down and absorbing food all day. Plenty of other factors we encounter in our environment can cause diseases. Why couldn't food play a role?
According to researchers who looked at this issue in the journal Gut last fall, Crohn's disease - a type of inflammatory bowel disease - is less common in underdeveloped countries (where people eat much differently than we do in the United States). As Japan has adopted a more Western diet, the number of cases of Crohn's disease has risen markedly.
The researchers looked at whether certain food components could play some role in the development of Crohn's di...
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