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Crohn’s, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The intestinal bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, may be inherited, researchers report. The findings, published recently in the journal Genome Medicine, could help in efforts to prevent the disease and treat the 1.6 million Americans with Crohn's or colitis, the study authors added.

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Much of the microbial composition of the child’s gut will come from the mother’s microbe composition in the birth canal as well as early childhood nutrition and a lack of overuse of antibiotics in early childhood.

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