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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Combination Therapy Treats Crohn's Disease

    April 14, 2010 -- Patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease are most likely to get better if treated with a combination of biologic and immune-suppressing therapies, a clinical trial suggests. It's a "landmark trial," says gastroenterologist David Kerman, MD, assistant professor of clinical m

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  4. Seasonal Digestive Distress: 10 Tips for Coping

    End of summer and early fall is a time for barbecue, seaside clambakes, and fair food. And unless we’re careful, we suffer some unpleasant results: stomachaches, nausea, heartburn, and constipation or diarrhea.  Outdoor events can trigger digestive problems in a number of ways: Picnic and party food

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  5. Dating and Relationships With Ulcerative Colitis

    One of the upsides of college: all that new freedom! One of the downsides of college for people with UC: all that freedom! With it come the pressures of dating and the social scene.  It’s true that dating and getting into relationships can be more complicated when you have an inflammatory bowel dise

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  6. Ulcerative Colitis: Avoiding the Temptations of College Life

    If college is the first time that you're living away from home, it's probably also the first time you're completely in charge of managing your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To keep your ulcerative colitis symptoms at bay, you'll want to live healthily, which can sometimes be at odds with the "ty

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  7. UC and Pregnancy: Eating Well to Gain the Right Amount of Weight

    Getting the right balance of nutrients is always important when you have ulcerative colitis. But when you're pregnant and have UC, getting a well-balanced diet is absolutely essential to ensure that your baby has enough nutrition to grow and thrive. Gastrointestinal woes can be an everyday occurrenc

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  8. Brewing a Gentler Java

    March 22, 2010 - Scientists in Europe say they’ve pinpointed several components of coffee that may cause many people to suffer stomachaches and heartburn. The researchers say their discovery of "culprit" substances could lead to a new generation of stomach-friendly brews with the rich taste and arom

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  9. C. diff Infection Rate May Overtake MRSA

    March 22, 2010 -- A new superbug may be sneaking up on hospitals already struggling to lower infections from another, more well-known antibiotic-resistant bacterium. A new study shows rates of infection from the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) are now surpassing those associated with

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  10. Genes Yield Clues to Ulcerative Colitis

    March 19, 2010 -- Fifteen newly identified genes may offer a better understanding of the cause of ulcerative colitis and its ties to Crohn’s disease. Two new studies involving more than 23,000 people bring the total number of genes associated with the painful disorder to nearly 30 and show at least

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