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Amber J. Tresca

Updated Articles and Resources

By Amber J. Tresca

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Rectal Bleeding and IBD Created: Monday, May 23, 2011 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Bleeding from the rectum is a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which is more common with ulcerative colitis than with Crohn's disease.
    • Red Blood Cell (RBC) Count Created: Saturday, June 26, 2004 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      A red blood cell (RBC) count is an important test that can help your physician find out what's going on with your blood cells.
    • Long-Term Antibiotic Use Linked to IBD Created: Monday, August 23, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      A 2010 study examines a the possibility of a link between antibiotics used to treat severe acne, and the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
    • Behavior Therapy Helps Teens With IBD Cope Created: Monday, June 14, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      A small study shows that a short cognitive-behavior training session is beneficial for teenage girls who have IBD.
    • Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha Created: Sunday, May 18, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) is a type of messenger protein known as a cytokine that is produced by white blood cells. TNF is thought to play a role in the development and/or continuance of Crohn's disease.
    • Humira and Remicade May Increase Risk of Shingles Created: Friday, February 20, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      Anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) drugs are the newest class of medications being used to treat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These drugs may carry a risk of developing shingles.
    • Hematocrit Level Test Created: Friday, August 08, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      What is the hematocrit level blood test, and how is it used by a physician to diagnose diseases and conditions?
    • Hemoglobin Level Test Created: Saturday, July 17, 2004 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      A hemoglobin level test is a blood test that provides information on how effective red blood cells are being in carrying oxygen to cells.
    • Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Stool Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      Stool can have a variety of shapes and colors, and while normal is a spectrum, there are some things that are never normal. What is, and isn't, on the spectrum of normal for stools?
    • Dr. David T. Rubin Discusses IBD Treatment Created: Thursday, March 08, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      In the second part of my interview with David T. Rubin, MD, we discuss the importance of prognostic markers for IBD, achieving remission, and the future of IBD treatments.
    • David T. Rubin, MD Created: Monday, March 26, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      David T. Rubin, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a gastroenterologist who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
    • Ally Bain, IBD Activist Created: Thursday, March 15, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      Allyson (Ally) Bain took an embarrassing incident that came about as a result of her Crohn's disease and turned it into ground-breaking legislation.
    • Following Your IBD Diet In Difficult Situations Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Most people with IBD follow a diet plan that is specific to them. How is it possible to stick to the right diet when every social event revolves around food?
    • What Can Cause Green Stool (Green Poop)? Created: Saturday, November 29, 2003 Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014
      Green stools are not necessarily a cause for alarm because the color could be caused by a food or a supplement. Find out what can cause green stool.
    • Causes Of Red Stool Or Maroon Stool Created: Friday, February 06, 2004 Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014
      Blood in the stool may be caused by hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colon polyps or colon cancer, diverticular bleeding, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
    • Treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Created: Sunday, February 11, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Several types of drugs are used in treating Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and surgery is typically only used after medical options have failed.
    • How IBD is Diagnosed Created: Sunday, July 10, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      When a patient sees the doctor with symptoms that may point to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a series of tests ranging from blood tests to a colonoscopy are used to make the diagnosis.
    • How To Green Your IBD Created: Monday, August 04, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      How would you go about lessening the environmental impact of your IBD? Here are some simple ways you can be greener in your daily life.
    • White Blood Cell (WBC) Count Created: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      A description of the normal range of a white blood cell (WBC) count test and why a physician might order this blood test.
    • Flushable Wipes -- Should They Really Be Going Down The Drain? Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Bathroom wipes are being used by everyone from toddlers to adults. Should these wipes really be flushed down the toilet, and what happens to them when they are?
    • Does Junk Food Cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)? Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      Could eating junk food give you IBD? Find out if there is any evidence to support the idea that what you eat could cause IBD.
    • Managing IBD at College Created: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Having IBD at college means that you will need to take care of yourself, eat properly, and enlist the help of your friends and professors. How do you do that? Here are the resources to succeed at college.
    • Coping With IBD As A Teen Created: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Having a chronic illness is bad enough, but having a chronic illness when you're a teenager can feel like the end of the world. Teens with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face issues that are different from those that adults deal with.
    • Cincinnati Police Department Uses Ostomy As A Scare Tactic Created: Thursday, August 01, 2013 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Cincinnati apparently has a huge problem. According to WCPO.com, the number of kids involved in shooting incidents in Cincinnati has increased by 200% in
    • Learning To Love Your Ostomy Created: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      You may think that an ostomy would impair your lifestyle and your fashion sense, but that is far from the case. Discover all the reasons you have to be grateful for your ostomy.
    • Tips To Overcome Discomfort During An Exam Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Are you dreading an upcoming medical exam? Here are some tips on how you can relax your body and mind while you're experiencing discomfort.
    • Peritonitis Created: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Peritonitis is an infection in the abdominal cavity that can be serious or even fatal.
    • What is an Abscess? Created: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      An abscess is an inflammation that might be caused by bacteria or a piece of foreign material, and can occur either inside or outside the body.
    • What Are The Symptoms Of Indigestion? Created: Saturday, December 06, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper abdomen, often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting.
    • Sharon Osbourne Battles Colon Cancer Created: Saturday, November 29, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Heavy metal mom Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent both resections surgery and chemotherapy.
    • IBD Has Gone to The Dogs Created: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Cats and dogs can develop inflammatory bowel disease, and often have many of the same symptoms as humans.
    • J-Pouch Created: Monday, April 26, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      A j-pouch, also called an ileal pouch reconstruction, is a surgical procedure that is used to treat ulcerative colitis.

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