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Global Health
February 20, 2018

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Goes Global

JAMA. 2018;319(7):648. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0365

Since 1990, the rates of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have been increasing in newly industrialized countries in Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East, according to a report from an international group of researchers.

In a previous report, the investigators found that IBD incidence in North America, Europe, and Australia steadily increased during the 20th century. However, few population-based studies had been published from countries in Africa, Asia, and South America at that time.