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  1. Heartburn 101

    There was a time when it didn’t take much to set off Sara Perlman-Smith’s heartburn. Spicy foods, alcohol, even a foul mood could send a burning wave rushing up her throat. "I could feel the acid in my esophagus," she recalls. "It was just a consistent burning pain in my chest." Then there was the c

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  2. Travelers' Diarrhea: What You Need to Know

    What do we all need to know about travelers' diarrhea? WebMD asked Emory University professor Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, the CDC's expert travel health consultant. Travelers’ diarrhea is often used as a generic term  for any illnesses ranging from an upset tummy to  loose stools during or after travel. I

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  3. Protect Against Osteoporosis When You’re Lactose Intolerant

    For millions of Americans suffering from lactose intolerance, dealing with painful bloating, gas, nausea, and diarrhea is a part of daily life. Lactose intolerance occurs when your body has problems digesting lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. The small intestine produces an en

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  4. 15 Lactose-Free Breakfast Tips

    Lactose-free breakfast options provide the calcium and vitamin D that you’d normally find in dairy foods. Here are 15 tips for nutritious and delicious lactose-free breakfast foods.

  5. FDA Warns of Fracture Risk From Acid Reflux Drugs

    May 25, 2010 -- Popular PPI antacids -- Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Vimovo, and Zegerid -- raise the risk of bone fracture, especially when used for a year or more or at high doses, the FDA warns. The warning comes after U.S. and Canadian researchers linked the use of PP

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  6. Are Hospitals Doing Enough to Fight C. diff?

    May 20, 2010 -- Hospitals and other health care facilities have been taking steps to stop the spread of C. diff, a potentially life-threatening bacterium, but a new survey concludes that more needs to be done. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) says it is

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  7. Infections, Fractures Linked to Acid Reflux Drugs

    May 10, 2010 -- The popular class of antacids that includes Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix increases the risk of C. diff infection and bone fracture, new studies find. The drugs all are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs),  the most powerful class of antacid drugs. It's the th

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  8. Olive Oil May Protect Against Ulcerative Colitis

    May 5, 2010 -- Two or three tablespoons a day of olive oil may help protect against ulcerative colitis, preliminary research suggests. In a new study, people with the highest consumption of oleic acid -- a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid found in olive oil, peanut oil, and grapeseed oil, as well

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  9. C. diff May Be Worse With Low Vitamin D

    May 5, 2010 -- Patients with low vitamin D levels who catch the nasty superbug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, are more likely to have persistent diarrhea than those with normal levels, preliminary research suggests.  C. diff infections resolved in 15 of 28 (53%) hospitalized patients with normal

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  10. IBD May Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

    May 5, 2010 -- People with inflammatory bowel disease -- especially men and those with ulcerative colitis -- may be at increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer, preliminary research suggests. Up to 1 million Americans have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); the main types are ulcerative coliti

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