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  1. New Diarrhea Danger for Children

    March 10, 2010 -- A dangerous diarrhea-causing germ once thought to only affect the elderly and seriously ill is now affecting a growing number of healthy children in the U.S. A new report shows the rates of hospitalization for illness caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) in

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  2. Digestive Problems: 10 Tips for Daily Life

    Diarrhea and other digestive problems are no fun, especially for people who suffer from them often. Such problems can be the result of bacteria in food, infection, stress, certain medications, or chronic medical conditions such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, and IBS. But no matter the cause, anyone wh

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  3. Nighttime Heartburn: 12 Sleep Tips

    Nighttime heartburn affects four out of five people who suffer regular heartburn and acid reflux. The discomfort and bitter taste can make sleep uncomfortable, even elusive. While over-the-counter and prescription drugs can treat symptoms once you have heartburn, "the cornerstone of treatment for an

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  4. Lactose intolerance: Too Little Is Known

    Feb. 24, 2010 -- People who are lactose intolerant often avoid dairy products, thereby depriving themselves of calcium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients, according to a draft statement released today by a National Institutes of Health-sponsored panel on lactose intolerance and health. The pa

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  5. FDA Warns of Maalox Mix-up Danger

    Feb. 17, 2010 - At least five "serious adverse events" occurred in people who took Maalox Total Relief thinking it was Maalox antacid, the FDA warns. The two over-the-counter drugs are not the same. Maalox Total Relief contains bismuth subsalicylate, a drug with aspirin-like side effects that includ

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  6. Gluten-Free Camp Helps Celiac Disease Kids

    Feb. 15, 2010 -- A week at a gluten-free camp improves the lives of kids with celiac disease, say researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. People with celiac disease develop intestinal damage and painful symptoms if they eat even a little gluten, a protein found in foods made from

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  7. IBD Flare-ups May Increase Blood Clot Risk

    Feb. 9, 2010 -- Non-hospitalized patients with a flare-up of inflammatory bowel disease are 16 times more likely to develop potentially life-threatening blood clots as people without the bowel disorder, new research reveals. While the risk is still quite small for individuals with Crohn's disease an

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  8. 5 Questions Find Hidden Celiac Disease in Kids

    Feb. 1, 2010 - Five simple questions can help you find out whether your child needs a gluten-free diet, Danish researchers suggest. Many children have celiac disease, a disorder that causes damage to the intestines when food containing gluten is eaten. Such kids do much better on a gluten-free diet.

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  9. Relapses in C. diff Infections Reduced

    Jan. 20, 2010 -- New monoclonal antibodies can break the cycle of recurrent infections in patients plagued by C. diff, a clinical trial suggests. C. diff -- Clostridium difficile -- is the most common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and colitis. A particularly nasty strain of the bug, dubbed

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  10. St. John's Wort May Not Help IBS

    Jan. 7, 2010 -- The herbal supplement St. John's wort is unlikely to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, is the first to scientifically evaluate St. John's wort as a treatment for IBS. The herb i

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