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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Ulcerative Colitis: Talk to Your Doctor

    Ulcerative colitis can be a complicated, distressing, and confusing illness. Your doctor can help make sense of it. But the first step is knowing what questions to ask. Here's a checklist of questions suggested by experts in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), along with notes on what your doctor may

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  5. C. diff on the Rise Outside the Hospital

    Sept. 20, 2011 (Chicago) -- The potentially dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) is making the rounds in the community -- outside the hospital setting it once called home. Each year, C. diff strikes about 500,000 Americans, mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. But anywhere from

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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. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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