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  1. New Genetic Clues to Esophageal Diseases

    July 26, 2011 -- Researchers have discovered three genetic mutations that may play a role in the development of esophageal diseases, a study shows. The esophageal diseases that may be affected by the mutations include esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) -- a type of cancer of the esophagus -- and Barret

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  2. Ulcerative Colitis 101

    Living with ulcerative colitis isn’t always easy -- it can mean dealing with symptoms such as rectal bleeding, and finding a life-long treatment that reduces inflammation and ulcerations in the lining of the colon. While the causes of ulcerative colitis (UC) are generally unknown, understanding the

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  3. Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms and Treatment

    Whenever Serena Ehrlich goes someplace new, she scouts out the location of the bathroom. That's because Ehrlich, 38, a Los Angeles-based salesperson for a commercial wire service, has ulcerative colitis. She developed the disease 12 years ago and has been in remission for the past three. Still, the

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  4. Heartburn? Lose Weight for Relief

    Anyone who has ever suffered from heartburn or acid reflux knows all too well the discomfort and burning sensation in their chest after eating too much or the wrong kinds of foods.  Following a heartburn diet -- one that typically eliminates alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods -- is usually the first

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  5. FDA Approves New Drug to Treat C. diff

    June 1, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the use of an antibacterial drug called Dificid to treat adult patients with an infectious type of diarrhea that has become a significant problem in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Dificid (fidaxomicin) comes in tablet form and is specifically targeted a

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  6. Medication, Surgery Both Treat Acid Reflux Well

    May 17, 2011 -- Patients weighing whether to take daily medication or undergo a surgical procedure to treat acid reflux disease may take comfort in the results of a new study finding that both treatments appear to control the worst symptoms of the disease in many people. The study, which is publishe

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  7. Experimental Drug May Treat Chronic Constipation

    May 10, 2011 -- An experimental pill that blocks the absorption of bile acids by the small intestine may help to relieve chronic constipation, early research shows. The drug, called A3309, works by inhibiting a molecule that removes digestive juices called bile acids from the lower part of the small

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  8. Mindfulness Meditation May Cut IBS Symptoms

    May 10, 2011 -- People who practice the meditative technique called mindfulness meditation may be able to reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a new study shows. The study found that the physical and psychological symptoms of IBS were more effectively managed by people practicing m

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  9. Study: Stomach Acid Drugs Linked to Fracture Risk

    May 9, 2011 -- Long-term, regular users of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prevacid,  Prilosec, and Protonix appear to have a heightened risk of fractures, a study shows. The researchers found that this class of acid-suppressive drugs raises the chances of breaking a bon

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  10. New C. diff Drug OK'd by FDA Panel

    April 5, 2011 – The FDA should approve Optimer's fidaxomicin for the treatment of the C. diff superbug, an expert advisory panel today unanimously agreed. C. diff (Clostridium difficile) infects as many as 3 million Americans every year, making it the top bacterial cause of severe diarrhea in the na

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