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  1. What Causes Diarrhea?

    Diarrhea is inconvenient, unpleasant, and happens to nearly everyone. Of all reported illnesses in the U.S., diarrhea is the second most common. The average adult has diarrhea four times a year. American children typically have seven to 15 cases of diarrhea by the time they reach age five. Everyday

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  2. School Germs and Your Child’s Health

    In the winter, schools are transformed into hothouses for nasty germs. For the kids cooped up inside, that can mean an onslaught of viruses -- colds, flu, and stomach bugs. "There's a lot of germ swapping in schools," says Laura A. Jana, MD, a pediatrician and owner of Primrose School of Legacy, a c

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  3. Fiber and Digestion Problems

    Suffering from diarrhea? Conventional wisdom says choose foods high in fiber. Constipated? Eat a high-fiber diet, experts suggest. That’s right, as contradictory as it may seem, the same remedy can work for diarrhea and constipation. “Part of the answer is that fiber helps normalize transit time, or

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  4. Bloating 101: Why You Feel Bloated

    Bloating, gassiness, and abdominal discomfort aren’t limited to the occasional holiday feast. One in 10 Americans say they suffer from bloating regularly, even when they haven’t eaten a large meal. In some cases, bloating can become severe enough that it causes distention, or a perceptible swelling

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  5. Preventing Dehydration When You Have Diarrhea or Vomiting

    A prolonged bout of diarrhea or vomiting can cause the body to lose more fluid than it can take in. The result is dehydration, which occurs when your body doesn’t have the fluid it needs to function properly. Severe dehydration can cause your kidneys to shut down. Dehydration can be particularly dan

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  6. Winter Holidays, Upset Stomachs

    The holidays are cruel to our stomachs. Between October and January, our stomachs endure a lot -- Halloween candy, ladle after ladle of gravy, one-too-many flutes of champagne. We pay for that overeating, ending many holiday nights -- bloated, stomach roiling -- with a nightcap of antacid. This year

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  7. Heartburn, Reflux Seen in 9/11 Survivors

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- Many people who were exposed to the dust cloud after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, may have developed lasting heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The new findings appear in the American Journal of Gastroenterolog

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  8. Gallbladder Diet

    Most people never give a thought to the health of their gallbladder. The pear-shaped organ does have an important job, collecting and storing bile -- the fluid that helps the body digest fats. But unlike the heart, liver, and kidneys, the gallbladder isn't necessary to keep the body healthy and func

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  9. Experimental Drug May Treat Chronic Constipation

    Aug. 10, 2011 -- Two studies show that a new kind of experimental medication relieves the pain and bloating of persistent constipation better than a placebo. The studies, which are published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that linoclotide relieved chronic constipation in up to 21% of

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  10. My WebMD: A College Student Controls Her Crohn's

    My life with Crohn's has not been easy. I remember lying in my hospital bed watching a commercial for iced tea. Everyone was running around in the sunshine listening to happy, uplifting music. Never before had I been so jealous of people doing something so simple. I was 16 and it was 2006, five year

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