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    1. Probiotics Reduce Antibiotic Diarrhea

      May 8, 2012 -- Diarrhea is a common side effect of antibiotic use, occurring in almost 1 in 3 people who take the drugs. But new research suggests that probiotics may help lower the risk of that unwanted side effect. By affecting good bacteria, as well as bad, antibiotics can disrupt the delicate mi

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    2. Aging and Digestive Health

      Getting older has pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you get more time to relax and enjoy life. On the minus side lie many health challenges -- including an increase in digestive health disorders. Of course, problems with digestion can occur at any age. Yet nearly 40% of older adults have one or

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    3. Jennifer's Way: Helping Those with Celiac Disease

      When Jennifer Esposito was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago, the actress was shocked and relieved. "It was hard, but it was also the day I realized the person I once knew as 'me' was gone," says Esposito, 39, who plays detective Jackie Curatola on the CBS hit police drama Blue Bloods. M

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    4. Deaths From Stomach Bugs Have Risen Since 1999

      March 16, 2012 -- The number of Americans who died from gastroenteritis, most commonly caused by stomach bugs, more than doubled between 1999 and 2007, a new study from the CDC shows. Researchers found that people aged 65 and older were the hardest hit: They accounted for 83% of all deaths from gast

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    5. Guide to Gluten-Free Flours

      Are you on a gluten-free diet? Regular breads, bagels, muffins, and many other store-bought baked goods are not allowed on gluten-free eating plans. Here's what you need to know before you buy gluten-free grain products or bake them at home. Gluten is a protein present in wheat flour, which is widel

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    6. Norovirus Causes Most Hospital Infection Outbreaks

      Feb. 2, 2012 -- Norovirus is the leading cause of infection outbreaks in hospitals throughout the country, a new study reveals. The virus, which causes a "stomach flu" known as gastroenteritis, was the culprit in some 18% of all outbreaks in U.S. hospitals during a two-year period. It also was respo

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    7. Heartburn Drugs Linked to Hip Fractures in Women

      Jan. 31, 2012 -- Postmenopausal women with a history of smoking who take heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for two years or longer may be more likely to sustain a hip fracture. And the longer women take PPIs, the greater their risk. That said, the risk does disappear after women s

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    8. Fiber May Not Prevent Diverticular Disease

      Jan. 23, 2012 -- A new study challenges the long-held belief that a high-fiber diet prevents the formation of small pouches in the colon wall that can lead to diverticular disease. For decades, doctors have recommended high-fiber diets to patients at risk for developing the intestinal pouches, known

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    9. FDA Panel Backs New Device for Chronic Heartburn

      Jan. 12, 2012 -- An implantable device to treat chronic, severe acid reflux disease has moved one step closer to approval. An FDA advisory committee unanimously voted that the LINX device was safe and effective for treating chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, that does not respond to m

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    10. Climate Tied to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Risk

      Jan. 11, 2012 -- Living in a sunny climate appears to reduce women’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, a large new study shows. An estimated 1.4 million people in the U.S. live with an inflammatory bowel disease, either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Both cause persistent diarrh

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