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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Anti-Reflux Drugs, Antibiotics May Raise C. diff Risk

    Nov. 2, 2011 -- About 500,000 people in the U.S. become infected with the potentially fatal diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) each year. Now a new study sheds light on who is most at risk -- and why. Some people show evidence of C. diff in their gut but never have any symptoms. Others de

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  7. Southerners May Be Less Likely to Have Crohn's

    Oct. 31, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Women who live in the southern part of the U.S. are less likely to have ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease than those who live in the North, a new study suggests. Researchers suspect that's because people in the South spend more time in the sun's ultraviolet r

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  8. Fecal Transplant May Treat Stubborn C. diff

    Oct. 31, 2011 -- It may sound gross, but using fecal transplants can treat stubborn intestinal infections caused by the bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). As the name implies, fecal transplant involves taking the stool of a healthy person and putting it into the colon of an infected person. The go

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  9. 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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  10. 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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