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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 13 Million Packs of Rolaids Recalled

    Dec. 9, 2010 -- Some 13 million packages of Rolaids Softchews may contain metal and wood particles and are being recalled by Johnson & Johnson. It's the latest in a long string of snafus to plague J&J's McNeil division. The firm earlier this year recalled various lots of Mylanta, Tylenol, Children's

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  5. Mylanta, AlternaGel Recalled Over Faulty Labels

    Dec. 2, 2010 -- All lots of Mylanta liquid products and one lot of AlternaGel liquid have been recalled by Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals. The recall affects only retail and wholesale sales of the product. The FDA says people can continue to use the products. There have been no rep

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  6. Worm Eggs May Heal Ulcerative Colitis

    Dec. 1, 2010 -- It sounds made up, but it’s true. A California man successfully treated his inflammatory bowel disease by self-medicating with parasitic worm eggs. Now researchers at New York University say that by studying the man they have gained new insights into how worms promote intestinal heal

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  7. E. coli Linked to Heart, Kidney Disease

    Nov. 18, 2010 -- E. coli O157 infection causes severe diarrhea, but that may be the least worrisome result of ingesting the toxic bug, Canadian researchers find. Eight years after falling ill with E. coli gastroenteritis, adults have a 3.4-fold higher risk of kidney damage, a 2.1-fold higher risk of

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  8. Probiotic Helps Children's Stomach Pain

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- A common probiotic may help ease tummy troubles for children with chronic stomach pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A new study shows the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG, commonly known as lactobacillus GG or LGG, significantly reduced the severity and frequ

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  9. Diarrhea: Common Triggers and Treatments

    Medicine has its mysteries. But you know when you've got diarrhea. There's no delicate way to describe it: Loose stools, frequent bowel movements, bloating, cramps, gas. There's also an urgency that leaves you with no doubt -- it's diarrhea. Many people have occasional diarrhea -- typically from a b

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  10. Celiac Disease Can Develop at Any Age

    Sept 27, 2010 -- New research shows that you can develop celiac disease at any age -- even if you previously tested negative for this autoimmune intestinal disorder. During the past 30 years, there has been a fivefold increase in the prevalence of celiac disease, and a lot of these cases occurred in

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