ENTYVIO (VEDOLIZUMAB) APPROVED FOR TREATMENT OF IBD

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We all know that finding a medication can be time consuming, a lot of trial and error, and sometimes when you find one that works it may work for you for awhile and then stop. Though biologics are very helpful for many patients, about 40% of patients do not have success with the current anti-TNF therapies available (remicade, humira, and cimzia). For these patients a medication with a different mechanism of action may be beneficial. Today the FDA approved Entyvio (vedolizumab) for treatment of adults with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

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DEHYDRATION PROBLEMS? WANT TO WIN SOME SAMPLES AND SWAG?!

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Hydration is so important it can cost you your life. Picture it: A cholera outbreak in 1993. Children are dying from diarrhea and dehydration. This is exactly what Mayo Clinic medical student Eduardo Dolhun experienced while traveling through Guatemala. 

For patients like us it isn’t cholera we have to worry about (I sure hope not, anyway!) but rather short bowel syndrome, j-pouches and ostomies with high output, vomiting, and diarrhea from inflammation.  If like me staying hydrated is a challenge, then you’ve probably found yourself in the hospital from time to time hooked up to an IV to replenish your fluids. Is your refrigerator stocked with pedialyte, gatorade, and vitamin water? Mine too…until now.

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WANT TO SPREAD AWARENESS FOR WORLD IBD DAY? DON’T KNOW HOW?

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Do you want to raise awareness or share something on your facebook wall but don’t know how to find the right words or exactly what to say? This is what I am posting to my facebook wall. You can use it as your status too or use it as a guideline or inspiration to get you started!

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