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    1. Why Tobacco Use May Make Heartburn Worse

      You’ve cut out the pizza and chili dogs, lost weight, and raised the head of your bed. But your heartburn just won’t go away. Before you reach for a new bottle of antacids, you can do one more thing that might help: Quit smoking. A large study found that smokers were much more likely than nonsmokers

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    2. Feeling Good About Your Body When You Have Crohn's

      Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical car

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    3. Surgery for Crohn’s Disease

      Surgery for Crohn's disease can change your life. "Surgery gets rid of the diseased bowel," says surgeon Jon Vogel, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. It can help you eat and drink without pain. You may also be able to stop taking Crohn's drugs, at least for a while. Almost 3 out of 4 people with Crohn's

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    4. Treatment Options for Crohn's Disease

      Living with Crohn's disease today means having more options to treat it than ever before. Your doctor will tailor your treatment just for you. Your treatment plan will depend partly on where and how severe your Crohn's is and whether it is causing other health problems. It may involve more than one

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    5. Treating Crohn’s: Choosing the Right Biologic

      If your doctor has talked about using biologic drugs to treat your Crohn's disease, you want to learn as much as you can about them. This guide to biologics includes some questions to ask your doctor and yourself. Use it to help you choose the treatment that's right for you. Unlike some Crohn's drug

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    6. Avoid Common Mistakes When You Have Crohn's

      Sometimes your best ally in preventing flare-ups from Crohn's disease is common sense. Avoid these key errors to keep Crohn's at bay. Crohn's is a complicated disease, and the treatments are always changing. Your best bet is to get treated by an experienced gastroenterologist. That's a doctor who sp

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    7. Taking a Biologic for Crohn's Disease: Risks and Benefits

      Biologics are a class of drugs that can relieve your Crohn's symptoms and keep you in remission. Your doctor may prescribe them if you have moderate to severe Crohn's that doesn't respond to other treatments. As with all drugs, you need to weigh the risks and benefits. Because they suppress the immu

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    8. Foods That Fight Heartburn

      You've heard about the foods that can make your heartburn worse, from coffee to chocolate to tomatoes. But what about foods that could make your heartburn better? Check out some key eats you should add to your diet. When acid and other liquids in your stomach back up into your esophagus, you get hea

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    9. Relieve Heartburn: 9 Hints for the Holidays

      Nearly one in five Americans needs frequent relief from heartburn. If you're among them, you're probably looking forward to the holidays with a mixture of anticipation and queasiness. The six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day often turn into a caloric free-for-all, and holiday menus are load

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    10. Leaky Gut Syndrome: What Is It?

      "Leaky gut syndrome" is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But it's something of a medical mystery. “From an MD’s standpoint, it’s a very gray area,” says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at t

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