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  1. Lactose-Free Milk and Nondairy Beverages

    Milk used to be simple. Your mom went to the store, bought a carton, and then plunked down a tall glass right next to your chocolate chip cookies. Nowadays, mom might find the choices downright bewildering: lactose-free milk, nondairy beverages such as soy, rice, and almond milks -- even oat, multig

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  2. Lactose: How Much Can You Take?

    If your doctor just broke the news that you're lactose intolerant, don't assume that you'll never be able to savor another bite of ice cream. At first, many people fear they'll have to give up all dairy products, says Dee Sandquist, MS, RD, a dietitian in Fairfield, Iowa. But with some experimentati

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  3. Lactose-Free Recipes for Your Favorite Dishes

    You can still enjoy tasty dishes, even if you don’t digest lactose well. For a delicious change of pace, try these lactose-free entree and snack recipes.

  4. Hernia Repair Recovery Often Longer Than Expected

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia may underestimate how long their recovery will take, new research indicates. Hernia surgery involves closing a gap that has formed in the muscle walls of t

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  5. Raised Heart-Trouble Risk Seen in Celiac Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with celiac disease have a nearly twofold increased risk of heart disease compared to those without the chronic digestive disorder, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data gathered from nearly 22.4 mi

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  6. 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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  7. Gut Bacteria May Play Role in Crohn's Disease

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The community of bacteria that typically live in the human gut is radically altered in patients with Crohn's disease, a new study shows. Overall, patients with Crohn's have less diversity among their intestinal bacter

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  8. Researchers Uncover Secret Behind Bowel Movements

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Everybody does it, but until now researchers were unsure about the exact mechanisms behind a bowel movement. New research reveals that two sets of so-called "pacemakers" work together to create a certain rhythm, a

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  9. Mesh for Hernia Repair Reduces Recurrence: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using surgical mesh instead of stitches alone when repairing abdominal hernias appears to reduce the chances the problem will return, a new study suggests. But mesh use is linked to other surgical risks, including inf

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  10. New Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Ease Chronic Heartburn

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people who are considering weight-loss surgery should choose their procedure carefully if they hope to be free of chronic heartburn, a new study suggests. The study of nearly 39,000 patients found that while tradi

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