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  1. Ulcerative Colitis: Avoiding the Temptations of College Life

    If college is the first time that you're living away from home, it's probably also the first time you're completely in charge of managing your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To keep your ulcerative colitis symptoms at bay, you'll want to live healthily, which can sometimes be at odds with the "ty

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  2. UC and Pregnancy: Eating Well to Gain the Right Amount of Weight

    Getting the right balance of nutrients is always important when you have ulcerative colitis. But when you're pregnant and have UC, getting a well-balanced diet is absolutely essential to ensure that your baby has enough nutrition to grow and thrive. Gastrointestinal woes can be an everyday occurrenc

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  3. Digestive Problems: 10 Tips for Daily Life

    Diarrhea and other digestive problems are no fun, especially for people who suffer from them often. Such problems can be the result of bacteria in food, infection, stress, certain medications, or chronic medical conditions such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, and IBS. But no matter the cause, anyone wh

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  4. Nighttime Heartburn: 12 Sleep Tips

    Nighttime heartburn affects four out of five people who suffer regular heartburn and acid reflux. The discomfort and bitter taste can make sleep uncomfortable, even elusive. While over-the-counter and prescription drugs can treat symptoms once you have heartburn, "the cornerstone of treatment for an

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  5. Living with IBS: One Young Woman's Story

    I've had the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome -- a gastrointestinal disorder -- for my whole life, but when I was younger, I didn't realize anything was wrong. My parents thought my cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea were normal because they had similar symptoms. So I thought it was no

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  6. Supplements for IBS: What Works?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is among the most common intestinal maladies and one of the most difficult to treat. No single remedy works for everybody, and there are few drugs created exclusively for IBS symptoms, which include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. "I

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  7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    By Janis Graham Some things just hit you in the gut: Rumors are heating up in your office that there are going to be more layoffs, or the principal calls (your eighth grader is acting up again), and your belly suddenly tightens. You may even need to dash to the bathroom. "The gut and bowel are very

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  8. 6 Tips to Ease Exercise Heartburn

    You exercise to feel the burn -- but not that kind of burn. Muscles, yes. Stomach, no. But when you go running, do aerobics, or go to an indoor cycling class, there it is: heartburn. It's not just your legs that are churning, it's your last meal as well, churning right up into your throat. Your exer

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  9. Treatment Tips for Severe, Chronic Heartburn

    No matter what you eat, you worry that chronic heartburn will always be there. You've tried all the antacids, followed a bland diet, given up on certain foods completely. But still you wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes with pain deep in your throat, other times with a sore throat and tro

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  10. The Special Risks of Nighttime Heartburn

    For the past seven years, Dave White of Easthampton, Mass., has slept with his head and chest uncomfortably propped up on a pile of pillows. "It's the most difficult part of living with this condition," White says. "There are times when I've almost wept from the frustration of having to sleep [this

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