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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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 bone

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  7. 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

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  8. Bulking Agent May Help Fecal Incontinence

    March 16, 2011 -- It is a common, life-altering medical condition, but you aren’t likely to see a celebrity taking up the cause or a telethon devoted to finding a cure. More than 5 million Americans have some degree of fecal incontinence. And many suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed t

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  9. 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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  10. 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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