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    1. Want to Stay Healthy? Try Washing Your Hands

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Like "Turn out the lights" and "Don't slam the door," being told to "Wash your hands" is one of those universal instructions children hear every day. But it's more than that. Hand washing has been shown to be one of the most eff

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    2. Celiac Disease: Gluten-Free Diet May Protect Bones

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term damage to the intestines could raise the risk of hip fractures in people with celiac disease, a new study suggests. However, the research, published Jan. 16 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

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    3. Feeling Good About Your Body When You Have Crohn's

      Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical car

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    4. The Gluten Debate Continues

      Dec. 12, 2013 -- It’s not unusual for people to say they feel much better after dropping gluten from their diets, even though they don't have celiac disease, digestive experts report. What these people describe has come to be called “non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” or NCGS. It's a little-studied dia

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    5. Acid-Reflux Drugs & Lower Levels of Vitamin B-12

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People who take certain acid-reflux medications might have an increased risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency, according to new research. Taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to ease the symptoms of excess stomach acid for more

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    6. Surgery for Crohn’s Disease

      Surgery for Crohn's disease can change your life. "Surgery gets rid of the diseased bowel," says surgeon Jon Vogel, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. It can help you eat and drink without pain. You may also be able to stop taking Crohn's drugs, at least for a while. Almost 3 out of 4 people with Crohn's

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    7. Treatment Options for Crohn's Disease

      Living with Crohn's disease today means having more options to treat it than ever before. Your doctor will tailor your treatment just for you. Your treatment plan will depend partly on where and how severe your Crohn's is and whether it is causing other health problems. It may involve more than one

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    8. Avoid Common Mistakes When You Have Crohn's

      Sometimes your best ally in preventing flare-ups from Crohn's disease is common sense. Avoid these key errors to keep Crohn's at bay. Crohn's is a complicated disease, and the treatments are always changing. Your best bet is to get treated by an experienced gastroenterologist. That's a doctor who sp

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    9. Treating Crohn’s: Choosing the Right Biologic

      If your doctor has talked about using biologic drugs to treat your Crohn's disease, you want to learn as much as you can about them. This guide to biologics includes some questions to ask your doctor and yourself. Use it to help you choose the treatment that's right for you. Unlike some Crohn's drug

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    10. Taking a Biologic for Crohn's Disease: Risks and Benefits

      Biologics are a class of drugs that can relieve your Crohn's symptoms and keep you in remission. Your doctor may prescribe them if you have moderate to severe Crohn's that doesn't respond to other treatments. As with all drugs, you need to weigh the risks and benefits. Because they suppress the immu

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