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  1. Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms and Treatment

    Whenever Serena Ehrlich goes someplace new, she scouts out the location of the bathroom. That's because Ehrlich, 38, a Los Angeles-based salesperson for a commercial wire service, has ulcerative colitis. She developed the disease 12 years ago and has been in remission for the past three. Still, the

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  2. Ulcerative Colitis 101

    Living with ulcerative colitis isn’t always easy -- it can mean dealing with symptoms such as rectal bleeding, and finding a life-long treatment that reduces inflammation and ulcerations in the lining of the colon. While the causes of ulcerative colitis (UC) are generally unknown, understanding the

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  3. Heartburn? Lose Weight for Relief

    Anyone who has ever suffered from heartburn or acid reflux knows all too well the discomfort and burning sensation in their chest after eating too much or the wrong kinds of foods. Following a heartburn diet -- one that typically eliminates alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods -- is usually the first

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  4. 28 Tips for Nighttime Heartburn Relief

    A bitter taste in the mouth, a chronic cough, sore throat, fatigue ... if you're waking every morning with these symptoms of nighttime heartburn, you want relief. Millions experience heartburn and the more serious condition gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) daily. And research shows that nightt

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  5. Top 10 Heartburn Foods

    You know it all too well. Heartburn. That fiery sensation that grabs hold of your lower chest after you eat something you know you shouldn't have. What often follows is that sour or bitter taste of acid reflux in your throat and mouth that can last minutes (if you are lucky) or hours (if you are not

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  6. Ulcerative Colitis: Starting a Food Diary

    Diet alone doesn't cause ulcerative colitis or other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), and avoiding certain foods won't cure these conditions. "But following a proper diet can help ease symptoms and promote healing," says David T. Rubin, MD, co-director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at t

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  7. Diarrhea: Common Triggers and Treatments

    Medicine has its mysteries. But you know when you've got diarrhea. There's no delicate way to describe it: Loose stools, frequent bowel movements, bloating, cramps, gas. There's also an urgency that leaves you with no doubt -- it's diarrhea . Many people have occasional diarrhea -- typically from a

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  8. Heartburn 101

    There was a time when it didn’t take much to set off Sara Perlman-Smith’s heartburn. Spicy foods, alcohol, even a foul mood could send a burning wave rushing up her throat. "I could feel the acid in my esophagus," she recalls. "It was just a consistent burning pain in my chest." Then there was the c

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  9. Travelers' Diarrhea: What You Need to Know

    What do we all need to know about travelers' diarrhea? WebMD asked Emory University professor Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, the CDC's expert travel health consultant. Travelers’ diarrhea is often used as a generic term for any illnesses ranging from an upset tummy to loose stools during or after travel. It

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  10. Protect Against Osteoporosis When You’re Lactose Intolerant

    For millions of Americans suffering from lactose intolerance, dealing with painful bloating, gas, nausea, and diarrhea is a part of daily life. Lactose intolerance occurs when your body has problems digesting lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. The small intestine produces an en

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