Second study of ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s in Northport

Staff Writer

Dr. Josh Korzenik, the Director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of the leading IBD researchers in the nation, and his team have begun their second study of the health cluster of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease diagnosed in Northport residents.

Their 2011 study concluded diagnosed cases of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s Disease in the Northport community was 10 to 15 times higher than national standards. This was one of the largest health clusters of these illnesses Dr. Korzenik said he has ever seen.

The current study is a more “in depth epidemiological case-control study,” the doctor said. “The focus is on finding a possible correlation of chronic exposure to specific heavy metals and ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

The case study includes particpants who have been diagnosed with either Crohn’s or colitis as well as participants who have not been affected.

Former resident and head of the Northport Project that has examined the effects of heavy metals on Northport area.