Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative colitis are the two most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)--in short, when the intestine becomes sore or swollen. Ulcers form and destroy the surface of the intestine. Ulcerative colitis was thought to be limited to the large intestine, or colon (remembering that -itis at the end of a word means that organ or tissue has become inflamed--appendicitis, arthritis, bronchitis, and so on). However, our group has recently published evidence that similar sores can show up in the small intestine occasionally.

The online publication of our study1 has just occurred, so now I can share these exciting results with everyone. Please remember though that this was a pilot (or preliminary) study with just a few patients and with very strict guidelines, so we have to be careful about how we interpret the results. But nonetheless, the results were beyond our expectations.

We are pleased to have Dr. Luqman Seidu, a adjunct professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Director of Allergy for the SouthEast Eosinophilic Disease Center in Atlanta helping us understand the possible reasons why food allergies are quickly increasing --Dr. Stan

Dr. Luqman Seidu, adjunct professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Director of Allergy for the SouthEast Eosinophilic Disease Center in Atlanta here explains the complex topic of how classic food allergies develop -- Dr. Stan

Have you ever gone to the doctor for a strep throat or pneumonia or urinary tract or intestinal infection?  Have you been hospitalized with an even worse infection?  Likely you have received treatment for one of the first group of illnesses, and hopefully not the latter.  Your doctor recommended an antibiotic, no doubt.  But a specific antibiotic, for a specific infection.  My point is: that while all antibiotics treat infections, the decision of which antibiotic should be used depends on the type of infection and its probable cause.

I'd be lying if I tell you that I, or anybody else, knows the actual cause of Crohn's disease. But we do know a lot. And what we know translates into important worthwhile dietary and nutritional advice.

Other Nutrition4kids blogposts have reviewed some of the latest and most significant medical and nutritional research that moves our thinking forward and asks -- as well as answers -- new questions. What's the best way to exercise in order to lose weight?  How much Vitamin D does a baby need?  And if he's breastfed, how much can the mother provide?  And of course, the list goes on into every area of medicine and nutrition.

For patients with IBD, the role of a good diet has been on replacing or supplementing nutrients that may not be absorbed because of intestinal swelling (as discussed in our blogpost on nutrition for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Additional goals included promoting growth in the children and supporting the good health of patients with IBD.

Providing appropriate and adequate nutrition has long been an important part of taking care of patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (two of the most common Inflammatory Bowel Dieases, or IBD). This has been particularly true for children with IBD. They often have decreased growth (and delay in starting puberty). So the idea has always been to give them more (and better) nutrition--more calories with higher protein levels to improve growth and the kids' general health, and to replace or supplement what they may not be able to absorb completely through inflamed intestines.