Cramps, no appetite, weight loss, and diarrhea are all symptoms that those with ulcerative colitis experience every day. Most often they are younger people with little options for treatment and relief. Medications taken by mouth often break down in the stomach before they get to the area that needs it the most. Enemas by and large are temporary relief.

Recent research in mice could change the treatment regimen for patients with ulcerative colitis. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed a time release gel with medication that has been able to relieve the inflammation. What is different about this, is that the medication travels to the specific areas of inflammation. It is in enema form, and interestingly, the drug dosage is smaller and researchers are hoping that it could evolve into a once a week treatment rather than daily. Clinical trials are on the horizon.

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