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  1. 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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  2. 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 thi

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 disea

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  9. 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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  10. 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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