Crohn’s news round up 03/07/11

Golfer James Morrison was hospitalised with Crohn’s Disease during the French open: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/SPORT/golf/07/01/france.golf.morrison.kaymer/

The Daily Mail published an article on British tennis player Elena Baltacha who has primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), is a disease of the ducts that channel bile from the liver into the intestines and can also lead to Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2010591/British-tennis-star-liver-worse-shape-George-Bests.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Abbott Laboratories, who manufacture the anti-inflammatory drug Humira, is looking at ways that it can improve treatment with the drug including a thinner needle and a once a month regime. It is interesting to note that next year Humira,  will become the world’s number one top-selling drug. Find out more at the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303936704576399891801401606.html

Dr Frank Bures at the Winona Daily News comments on the Accutane / IBD debate, suggesting that there is now link between this Acne treatment and IBD: http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/connections/article_2e273514-a354-11e0-a385-001cc4c03286.html

iCo Therapeutics Inc. has announced that Immune Pharmaceuticals (IMMUNE) has licensed Bertilimumab (iCo-008) for systemic uses. Bertilimumab is a drug which could be useful for Crohn’s and Colitis. Read more here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ico-therapeutics-executes-bertilimumab-license-with-immune-pharmaceuticals-2011-06-24-1358530?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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