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Clinical Guidelines

A new clinical guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) hopes to ease the physical and mental distress felt by people who have the incurable bowel disease ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is the most common type of inflammatory disease of the bowel. There are around 146,000 people in the UK with a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, the cause of the chronic condition is unknown. It can develop at any age, but peak incidence is between the ages of 15 and 25 years, with a second, smaller peak between 55 and 65.