- Interstitial Cystitis:
Urologist And Allergist Explore Link Between Allergies And Interstitial Cystitis
Allergy testing and treatment may offer a new therapeutic option for many patients with interstitial cystitis (IC). IC is a severely painful bladder condition affecting as many as 8 million women and 1.5 million men in the United States. Patients and the providers who treat them have long noticed a correlation between allergies and IC. Recently, a urologist and allergist in Louisville, Kentucky, began to explore the link between these two chronic ailments to provide patients with more effective treatment. The story of their discoveries is featured in the ICA Update, the quarterly magazine of the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA).
Biomarker link to bladder disorder
A bladder disorder common to humans and cats may originate in the nervous system, U.S. researchers say. The study of chemicals found in blood samples, published in Analyst, suggests tryptophan — an essential amino acid — is processed in those with a painful bladder disorder called interstitial cystitis in a way that may affect how brain signals are transmitted.
Chemical In Blood May Explain Susceptibility To Bladder Pain
Follow-up studies of the chemicals that appeared in blood samples suggest that the way tryptophan, an essential amino acid, is processed in cats and humans with interstitial cystitis ultimately could affect the way signals are transmitted in the brain. The results, while preliminary, suggest that the disease is not just a malfunction of the bladder, but might instead have origins in the central nervous system, researchers say.
Randomized Multicenter Feasibility Trial of Myofascial Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes – Abstract
We determined the feasibility of conducting a randomized clinical trial designed to compare 2 methods of manual therapy (myofascial physical therapy and global therapeutic massage) in patients with urological chronic pelvic pain syndromes. We recruited 48 subjects with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome or interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome at 6 clinical centers. Eligible patients were randomized to myofascial physical therapy or global therapeutic massage and were scheduled to receive up to 10 weekly treatments of 1 hour each.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
Teen Diagnoses Herself With Crohn’s
You would think that Crohn’s disease would be easy to diagnose, especially when to those of us who have IBD, the symptoms are so clear. However, it’s more complicated than that, and some people go for months, even years without a proper diagnosis. Others are first diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis, only to find out later that they really have Crohn’s disease.
IBD and Families: Disease Education and the Role of Nutrition Webcast
The Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (CDHNF) will be presenting this webcast on June 18 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ET. This program, sponsored by Shire, will feature a panel of health care professionals who will discuss IBD symptoms and diagnosis, nutrition, and advice on working with health care providers.
IBD Being Diagnosed in Even Younger People
Researchers in France have been watching a disturbing trend: IBD being diagnosed more frequently in children (ages 0 to 19). Results from a population-based study in northern France find more incidence of Crohn’s disease in people under the age of 19, to the tune of a 48% increase.