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  1. Fiber May Not Prevent Diverticular Disease

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- A new study challenges the long-held belief that a high-fiber diet prevents the formation of small pouches in the colon wall that can lead to diverticular disease. For decades, doctors have recommended high-fiber diets to patients at risk for developing the intestinal pouches, known

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  2. FDA Panel Backs New Device for Chronic Heartburn

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- An implantable device to treat chronic, severe acid reflux disease has moved one step closer to approval. An FDA advisory committee unanimously voted that the LINX device was safe and effective for treating chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, that does not respond to m

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  3. Climate Tied to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Risk

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- Living in a sunny climate appears to reduce women’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, a large new study shows. An estimated 1.4 million people in the U.S. live with an inflammatory bowel disease, either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Both cause persistent diarrh

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  4. Study: Acid Reflux on the Rise

    Dec. 22, 2011 -- Heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux seem to be much more common than they were a decade ago. The prevalence of weekly heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux rose nearly 50% over the last decade, according to one of the largest studies ever to examine the issue. The stud

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  5. Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Diet Review

    Katlhleen Zelman, MPH, RD, reviews the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

  6. Progress Made on Vaccine for So-Called 'Cruise Ship' Virus

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- An experimental vaccine has passed an important test in preventing symptoms and infection from a type of norovirus, one of the most common causes of diarrhea and vomiting, researchers say. The disease often sweeps through cruise ships, nursing homes, and other areas where a lot of pe

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  7. All Beans Aren't the Same in Gassy Side Effects

    Nov. 23, 2011 -- You might not know a line of Shakespeare, and you might even forget the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner," but this chestnut is a classic to all: "Beans, beans are good for the heart ... the more you eat, the more you ... " You can finish the rest of the verse yourself, no doubt,

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  8. Are Acid Reflux Drugs Overused?

    Nov. 7, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Many people who take popular antacid pills like Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix don't need them, according to a series of studies presented here at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. Doctors tend to overprescribe

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  9. Some Doctors Warming Up to Probiotics

    Nov. 4, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- May I have a probiotic with that antibiotic please? That's a question that hospitalized patients being started on antibiotics may want to ask their doctors, according to a panel of doctors convened by the American College of Gastroenterology at its annual meeting h

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  10. Very Restricted Diet May Reduce Symptoms of IBS

    Nov. 3, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- A very restricted diet that that is low in certain natural sugars may help relieve bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and other symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Australian researchers report. Known as a low-FODMAP diet, it doesn't work for everyo

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