Possible trigger of chronic inflammatory bowel disease identified

As the cause of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is not yet known, treatment for sufferers is currently aimed at alleviating the often agonizing symptoms. The discovery by a MedUni Vienna research team that the trigger for IBD could be found on the surface of intestinal epithelial cells provides a new potential starting point for the development of therapeutic measures.

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