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    1. Southerners May Be Less Likely to Have Crohn's

      Oct. 31, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Women who live in the southern part of the U.S. are less likely to have ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease than those who live in the North, a new study suggests. Researchers suspect that's because people in the South spend more time in the sun's ultraviolet r

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    2. Fecal Transplant May Treat Stubborn C. diff

      Oct. 31, 2011 -- It may sound gross, but using fecal transplants can treat stubborn intestinal infections caused by the bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). As the name implies, fecal transplant involves taking the stool of a healthy person and putting it into the colon of an infected person. The go

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    3. C. diff Infections in Hospitals Are Leveling Off

      Oct. 26, 2011 (Honolulu) -- After explosive growth in North American hospitals at the beginning of the millennium, the number of new infections with the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff) appears to have leveled off, a new study shows. "We find this tremendous growth from 2000 to 2005, but fr

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    4. C. Diff Vaccine Shows Promise

      Oct. 21, 2011 -- A new vaccine shows promise for preventing infection with the potentially dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. In two industry-funded studies of nearly 100 healthy people, the vaccine also proved safe. No serious side effects were associated with its use. The va

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    5. Men, Women May Experience Acid Reflux Differently

      Oct. 18, 2011 -- Men and women experience symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux differently, a new study shows. The study is published in the Archives of Surgery. Researchers surveyed nearly 3,000 Australian adults living in the community and more than 2,000 men and women who were having surgery to

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    6. Barrett's Esophagus May Be Less Risky Than Thought

      Oct. 12, 2011 -- People with Barrett's esophagus, a complication of heartburn and acid reflux disease, are at risk of developing a deadly kind of cancer at much lower rates than doctors previously believed, a new study shows. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers

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    7. Test Your Colitis IQ

      Confused by ulcerative colitis (UC)? No surprise there; it can be a bewildering disease, sometimes easily confused with other gastrointestinal troubles. On top of that, symptoms can disappear for months or even years, then return for no apparent reason. New treatments and strategies, though, can hel

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    8. The Link Between Stress and Ulcerative Colitis

      Ulcerative colitis can begin very early. At the age of 12, for instance, Amanda Sina Griffith found herself the object of a custody battle -- and was besieged by painful stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. “I’d had very mild stomach symptoms before; my doctor thought it was a bacterial infection. Bu

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    9. Ulcerative Colitis and Probiotics

      A growing number of people with ulcerative colitis are reaching for probiotics -- products containing so-called "friendly" bacteria that populate the intestines. Why? Researchers don't yet know what causes ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). So finding effective treatment

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    10. Ulcerative Colitis: Talk to Your Doctor

      Ulcerative colitis can be a complicated, distressing, and confusing illness. Your doctor can help make sense of it. But the first step is knowing what questions to ask. Here's a checklist of questions suggested by experts in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), along with notes on what your doctor may

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