New insights on how inflammatory molecule contributes to skin and pancreatic cancers

Chronic inflammation drives the development of various cancers, including those of the skin, colon and pancreas. Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) who previously demonstrated high expression levels of an immune molecule called interleukin-33 (IL-33) during cancer-promoting inflammation have now uncovered the details behind the molecule’s effects. The research, which…

The effects of inflammatory bowel disease on pregnancy

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—often affects women of childbearing age. A study published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics compared the health of pregnant and non-pregnant women with IBD. The study included 2,058 Korean women with IBD who became pregnant between 2007 and 2016 and 20,580 women…

Diagnostic delays common in inflammatory bowel disease

(HealthDay)—Diagnostic delays are common in inflammatory bowel disease, with 68 percent of patients reporting a delay in diagnosis, according to a study presented at the 2019 Crohn’s & Colitis Congress, held from Feb. 7 to 9 in Las Vegas. Zane Gallinger, M.D., from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and colleagues…