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  1. C. diff Infections in Hospitals Are Leveling Off

    Oct. 26, 2011 (Honolulu) -- After explosive growth in North American hospitals at the beginning of the millennium, the number of new infections with the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff) appears to have leveled off, a new study shows. "We find this tremendous growth from 2000 to 2005, but fr

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  2. C. Diff Vaccine Shows Promise

    Oct. 21, 2011 -- A new vaccine shows promise for preventing infection with the potentially dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. In two industry-funded studies of nearly 100 healthy people, the vaccine also proved safe. No serious side effects were associated with its use. The va

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  3. Men, Women May Experience Acid Reflux Differently

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- Men and women experience symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux differently, a new study shows. The study is published in the Archives of Surgery. Researchers surveyed nearly 3,000 Australian adults living in the community and more than 2,000 men and women who were having surgery to

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  4. Barrett's Esophagus May Be Less Risky Than Thought

    Oct. 12, 2011 -- People with Barrett's esophagus, a complication of heartburn and acid reflux disease, are at risk of developing a deadly kind of cancer at much lower rates than doctors previously believed, a new study shows. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers

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  5. Test Your Colitis IQ

    Confused by ulcerative colitis (UC)? No surprise there; it can be a bewildering disease, sometimes easily confused with other gastrointestinal troubles. On top of that, symptoms can disappear for months or even years, then return for no apparent reason. New treatments and strategies, though, can hel

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  6. The Link Between Stress and Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis can begin very early. At the age of 12, for instance, Amanda Sina Griffith found herself the object of a custody battle -- and was besieged by painful stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. “I’d had very mild stomach symptoms before; my doctor thought it was a bacterial infection. Bu

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  7. Exercising When You Have a GI Disorder

    Staying physically fit is a constant struggle for Stephanie Horgan, who, like millions of Americans with gastrointestinal disorders, has to plan her diet, her exercise routines, and her entire life around her condition. "I'm really active now, doing kickboxing, jogging, [indoor cycling] at the gym,

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  8. Finding the Right Diet for IBS

    It's not easy to find the right diet when you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Eating certain foods can cause major discomfort for people with IBS, but figuring out which foods cause the symptoms is a highly individual process. WebMD consulted gastrointestinal nutrition expert Patsy Catsos, MS,

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  9. Ulcerative Colitis and Probiotics

    A growing number of people with ulcerative colitis are reaching for probiotics -- products containing so-called "friendly" bacteria that populate the intestines. Why? Researchers don't yet know what causes ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). So finding effective treatment

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  10. Some Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to C. diff

    Sept. 21, 2011 (Chicago) -- The popular class of acid reflux medication that includes Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix is associated with an increased risk of diarrhea caused by the bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Japanese researchers followed about 500 hospitalized p

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