New study links air pollution to cases of inflammatory bowel disease in B.C. children

A new study from B.C. Children’s Hospital (BCCH) is associating air pollution and agricultural pesticides with pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children in the province. 

The study looked at data from BCCH patients from 2001 to 2016 to determine geographical hot spots for PIBD, which was then used to determine what genetic and environmental factors might increase the risk of developing the disorder. 

IBD is a group of chronic disorders — including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis —that causes inflammation in the small or large intestine. 

Common signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis include diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain, cramping, blood in the stool, reduced appetite, and unintended weight loss.

“Canada [has] some of the highest

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