Living with IBD: Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
New research has revealed that over 500,000 people across the UK now have inflammatory bowel disease, which is a significant increase on previous studies.
It’s a chronic autoimmune condition which can require lifelong treatment. It’s also invisible.
Bryony Hopkins has lived with Crohn’s Disease since she was a child. In this film she meets others living with IBD, including Anthony Andrews who is being admitted into hospital for a life-changing operation and reality TV star Louise Thompson. Bryony meets scientists exploring the connect between the brain and the gut, and how this vital connection could lead to some ground-breaking treatment.
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Presented and produced by: Bryony Hopkins
Filmed and edited by: Kathryn Parker
Additional filming: Jade Thompson
Editing and graphics: James Stewart
Commissioning Editor: Kimberley Rowell