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She Had a Wrong Diagnosis for 6 Years, Thanks to This

After 6 years of pain, doctors find ketchup packet perforating patient's intestine

(Newser) - For six years, a woman suffered from regular bouts of sharp abdominal pains, and doctors assumed she had the bowel disorder known as Crohn's disease. Because the 41-year-old wasn't responding to the usual treatments, they resorted to surgery—and discovered the true and bizarre cause of her discomfort.... More »

Aspiring Model Poses With Colostomy Bags

Bethany Townsend is done letting them define her

(Newser) - Bethany Townsend thought her modeling days were done for good three years ago when she got fitted with two colostomy bags, a result of her lifelong fight with Crohn's disease. But after a hiatus as a makeup artist, that modeling career might just be getting started, thanks to a... More »

Cancer Drugs Show Promise in Autoimmune Disorders

Meds prevent donor organ rejection in mice

(Newser) - A new kind of cancer drug may be useful in treating autoimmune disorders and preventing transplant patients' bodies from rejecting donor tissue, new research reveals. The drugs seem to promote T-cells, which help regulate the body's immune system, Reuters reports. In mice, the drugs reversed inflammatory bowel syndrome and stopped... More »

Genes Give Up Secrets of 7 Serious Diseases

Landmark study sheds light on diabetes, depression, more

(Newser) - In an outcome one scientist describes as a "new dawn," researchers have identified genetic variations linked to seven common diseases, opening the door to improved tests and treatments. The study, which focused on depression, Crohn's disease, coronary artery disease, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, and Type 1 and 2 diabetes,... More »

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