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  1. Gluten-Free Camp Helps Celiac Disease Kids

    Feb. 15, 2010 -- A week at a gluten-free camp improves the lives of kids with celiac disease, say researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. People with celiac disease develop intestinal damage and painful symptoms if they eat even a little gluten, a protein found in foods made from

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  2. IBD Flare-ups May Increase Blood Clot Risk

    Feb. 9, 2010 -- Non-hospitalized patients with a flare-up of inflammatory bowel disease are 16 times more likely to develop potentially life-threatening blood clots as people without the bowel disorder, new research reveals. While the risk is still quite small for individuals with Crohn's disease an

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  3. 5 Questions Find Hidden Celiac Disease in Kids

    Feb. 1, 2010 - Five simple questions can help you find out whether your child needs a gluten-free diet, Danish researchers suggest. Many children have celiac disease, a disorder that causes damage to the intestines when food containing gluten is eaten. Such kids do much better on a gluten-free diet.

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  4. Relapses in C. diff Infections Reduced

    Jan. 20, 2010 -- New monoclonal antibodies can break the cycle of recurrent infections in patients plagued by C. diff, a clinical trial suggests. C. diff -- Clostridium difficile -- is the most common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and colitis. A particularly nasty strain of the bug, dubbed

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  5. St. John's Wort May Not Help IBS

    Jan. 7, 2010 -- The herbal supplement St. John's wort is unlikely to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, is the first to scientifically evaluate St. John's wort as a treatment for IBS. The herb i

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  6. Living with IBS: One Young Woman's Story

    I've had the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome -- a gastrointestinal disorder -- for my whole life, but when I was younger, I didn't realize anything was wrong. My parents thought my cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea were normal because they had similar symptoms. So I thought it was no

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  7. Smart Phones Aid Diagnosis

    Nov. 30, 2009 (Chicago) -- Your child has abdominal pain and the young doctor suspects appendicitis. But he wants to make sure. There’s an app for that. CT scan images sent via an iPhone, using a $19.99 app that's available on iTunes, were clear enough for correct diagnoses to be made in 99% of case

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  8. GERD-Related Injury May Have Immune Trigger

    Nov. 23, 2009 -- Stomach acid may only be part of the problem when it comes to esophagus injury related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A new study suggests that an immune system response may be the real culprit behind reflux esophagitis.  Researchers say it's been assumed that reflux eso

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  9. Gene Mutations Linked to IBD in Children

    Nov. 19, 2009 -- Rare genetic mutations may trigger inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in young children. A new study shows genetic mutations affecting the interleukin-10 receptor are associated with severe early-onset IBD in children; a stem cell transplant was successful in putting the disease into

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  10. 5 Genetic Regions Tied to Childhood IBD

    Nov. 16, 2009 -- Five newly identified genetic regions may help explain how childhood inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) develops. A new study shows at least one of the five new gene regions associated with childhood IBD is directly involved in the biological process that causes the painful inflammati

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