Saturday, February 25, 2006


Crohn’s disease ‘enigma’ close to solved?

`Researchers in London have discovered that a weak immune response instigates Crohn’s disease, possibly laying to rest the popular belief that an auto-immune condition is to blame.

In a recent study, scientists at University College in London found that people with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes ulcerations in the small and large intestines, encounter a lowered immune system response when trauma occurs in the body.

“It’s very gratifying,” said lead author Anthony Segal, a professor of medicine at University College. “This is first time people know where to look, now that we understand what the cause of disease is. It will redirect research in this area,” he said.’

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