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  1. New Drug for Crohn's Disease Shows Early Promise

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may quickly quash symptoms of the digestive disorder Crohn's disease -- at least for the short term, an early clinical trial finds. The study, of more than 150 adults with Crohn's, found that just two

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  2. Rules Tightened on Endoscopes Tied to 'Superbug'

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued final recommendations for the cleaning and sterilization of medical devices used in invasive procedures. The updated rules, first proposed in 2011, were release

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  3. C. Difficile Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half a million Americans were infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile in 2011, and 29,000 died within a month of diagnosis, U.S. health officials report. "Infections with C. difficile have become incre

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  4. FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the heartburn drug Nexium (esomeprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ivax Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., received approval to

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  5. Viruses May Play Role in Crohn's Disease, Colitis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Viruses may play a role in inflammatory bowel diseases, including the two most common types, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, a new study reveals. Previous research has linked these bowel diseases with a lower varie

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  6. When Can Probiotics Help?

    As probiotics have become more popular, researchers continue to study these "good" bacteria. Results show they can help with digestive problems as well as other health problems that range from eczema to children's colds. These natural microbes can be found in foods like yogurt as well as supplements

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  7. The Best Ways to Use Probiotics

    If you’re ready to add probiotics to your diet, you have a lot of options.  Now that more research shows these "good bacteria" may help with digestive issues, you just need to know where to find them. One common source is supplements -- they may be sold as tablets, capsules, powders, or liquids. Loo

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  8. What Are Probiotics?

    Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help ke

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  9. Could Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests. The research doesn't conf

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  10. Tips for Everyday Challenges of Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease can complicate everyday activities, but you can overcome most of the challenges. Use these strategies to smooth out issues at home, at work, and in your relationships. Educate your family. Tell your family and friends what it's like to live with Crohn's. They may be confused about th

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