Crohn’s news round up 10/07/11

What is this? well it is a recreation of findings from a Roman-era shipwreck which contain amongst other things, several treatments for gastrointestinal complaints suffered by sailors such as dysentery and diarrhoea! Clay,  celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts were all found in the compounds! Find out a little more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/8627715/Roman-era-shipwreck-reveals-ancient-medical-secrets.html

Lucky Ayrshire! Victoria Lee hopes to raise enough money to buy a £179,000 property in Glasgow Street, Millport, Cumbrae and commence  work on a project to convert the building into a luxury respite centre for Crohn’s Disease sufferers. Lee she sees the project as being akin to the spirit of Calum’s Cabin on the Isle of Bute: http://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/millport/articles/2011/07/08/415093-crohns-disease-centre-for-millport/

Coronado Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company focused on novel immunotherapy agents for inflammatory diseases and cancer, today announced that it closed a $25.8 million deal which will fund, amongst other things, a Phase II study of the company’s lead development candidate, CNDO-201 for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease. CNDO-201 is a helminth or parasitic worm. Read a little more here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/coronado-biosciences-closes-258m-in-series-c-financing-125090224.html

And finally, more genetic discoveries – this time genes that pre-dispose people to Ankylosing spondylitis, which is an auto-immune arthritis condition which often begins during young adulthood, have been identified, and two of them have already been confirmed as pre-disposing to Crohn’s Disease: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uob-gss070811.php

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