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Inflammatory bowel disease

For certain infections, faecal transplants have resulted in remarkable recoveries. Will the same ever be true for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? It’s a condition on the rise in Asia, but why? Follow those trying to find out, and learn how our environments influence IBD in this new Outlook. Plus, an engaging infographic provides an introduction to the biology and statistics that underlie IBD.

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  • Nature | Outlook

    The symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can be severe and lifelong. And the condition is becoming increasingly common worldwide.

    • Michael Eisenstein
  • Nature | Outlook

    Inflammatory bowel disease is a growing problem in Asia. But that increase presents a golden opportunity for research.

    • Kelly Rae Chi
  • Nature | Outlook

    Helminths are worms that can live in the human intestine. Joel Weinstock, a gastroenterologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, studies how they affect inflammation and the body's immune response. He spoke to Nature about how helminths might lead to treatments for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

    • Neil Savage
  • Nature | Outlook

    Gene exploration is providing unexpected insights into inflammatory bowel disease, and getting scientists closer to finding treatments that target the biological mechanisms.

    • Sarah DeWeerdt