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  1. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Raises Blood Clot Risk

    Feb. 22, 2011 -- Inflammatory bowel disease may more than double the risk of a serious blood clot in the legs or lungs, according to a new study. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that includes a variety of intestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Rese

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  2. 28 Tips for Nighttime Heartburn Relief

    A bitter taste in the mouth, a chronic cough, sore throat, fatigue ... if you're waking every morning with these symptoms of nighttime heartburn, you want relief. Millions experience heartburn and the more serious condition gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) daily. And research shows that nightt

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  3. New Treatment for Celiac Disease?

    Feb. 9, 2011 -- Blocking an inflammatory protein called interleukin-15 (IL-15) may help treat the symptoms of celiac disease and prevent the development of celiac disease in certain at-risk people, according to new research in mice published in Nature. Celiac disease is an autoimmune and inflammator

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  4. New Antibiotic Fights C. diff Infections

    Feb. 2, 2011 -- A new antibiotic, fidaxomicin, is as effective as vancomycin in curing C. diff ( Clostridium difficile ) infections and may be better at reducing recurrences, new research shows. ''A cure -- that means getting over the diarrhea -- was the same for both, about 90%,'' says researcher S

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  5. Celiac, Crohn's Disease Share Common Genetic Links

    Jan. 27, 2011 -- An international team of researchers has identified four genetic variants common to celiac disease and Crohn?s disease. The research may help to explain why people who have celiac disease appear to have a higher rate of Crohn?s disease than the general population. It may one day lea

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  6. 2 Weeks of Antibiotic Therapy Relieves IBS

    Jan. 5, 2011 -- A two-week course of the antibiotic rifaximin (Xifaxan) helps to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and the relief lasts up to 10 weeks after stopping the medication, according to new research. ''The major finding was that all IBS symptoms improved," says Mark Pi

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  7. Top 10 Heartburn Foods

    You know it all too well. Heartburn. That fiery sensation that grabs hold of your lower chest after you eat something you know you shouldn't have. What often follows is that sour or bitter taste of acid reflux in your throat and mouth that can last minutes (if you are lucky) or hours (if you are not

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  8. Secrecy May Be Unnecessary for Placebo Effect

    Dec. 22, 2010 -- Patients with irritable bowel syndrome felt better after knowingly taking a placebo, suggesting that the secrecy of giving patients “dummy pills” may not be necessary, Harvard researchers report. In a trial involving 80 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), investigators fro

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  9. Heartburn Drugs Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- New research suggests that one out of every 200 patients being treated with gastric acid-suppressive drugs for heartburn and other conditions may develop pneumonia. Researchers led by Chun-Sick Eom, MD, MPH, from Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea, conducted a review

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  10. Ulcerative Colitis: Starting a Food Diary

    Diet alone doesn't cause ulcerative colitis or other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), and avoiding certain foods won't cure these conditions. "But following a proper diet can help ease symptoms and promote healing," says David T. Rubin, MD, co-director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at t

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