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"American Idol" contestant Casey Abrams missed the show last night because he was in the hospital. Several media outlets are reporting he is suffering from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease.

Last September, we did an article on how the disease is striking more children. Read about it here.

The story said "the number of children afflicted by colitis and another inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, has increased 50 percent in the past decade, according to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. About 1.5 million Americans suffer from colitis and Crohn's, about 10 percent of them under the age of 18."

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Abrams, age 20, is by no means a child, but if you're curious about what people go through with the disease, the article will give you a good idea.

(Photo by Reuters)

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