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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Study: Acid Reflux on the Rise

      Dec. 22, 2011 -- Heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux seem to be much more common than they were a decade ago. The prevalence of weekly heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux rose nearly 50% over the last decade, according to one of the largest studies ever to examine the issue. The stud

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    7. Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Diet Review

      Katlhleen Zelman, MPH, RD, reviews the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

    8. Progress Made on Vaccine for So-Called 'Cruise Ship' Virus

      Dec. 7, 2011 -- An experimental vaccine has passed an important test in preventing symptoms and infection from a type of norovirus, one of the most common causes of diarrhea and vomiting, researchers say. The disease often sweeps through cruise ships, nursing homes, and other areas where a lot of pe

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    9. All Beans Aren't the Same in Gassy Side Effects

      Nov. 23, 2011 -- You might not know a line of Shakespeare, and you might even forget the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner," but this chestnut is a classic to all: "Beans, beans are good for the heart ... the more you eat, the more you ... " You can finish the rest of the verse yourself, no doubt,

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    10. Are Acid Reflux Drugs Overused?

      Nov. 7, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Many people who take popular antacid pills like Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix don't need them, according to a series of studies presented here at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. Doctors tend to overprescribe

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