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antidepressants are prescribed for something else

It was when he became a father that Michael Briggs resolved to somehow bring his ulcerative colitis under control.

He was determined to avoid what many people with the disease end up needing -- having part or all of their large intestine removed.
A trained scientist, manager of a physics lab at the University of New Hampshire, he began reading medical research papers, looking for anything that might help him.
He knew there wouldn't be just one single cure, just as he knew there was not one single cause behind this inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which causes gut pain, bleeding and diarrhea. He had already been on a drug called Remicade (infliximab) for more than five years. This blocks the action of an inflammatory protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha) in order to stop the immune system from attacking the colon wall.
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