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  1. E. coli Linked to Heart, Kidney Disease

    Nov. 18, 2010 -- E. coli O157 infection causes severe diarrhea, but that may be the least worrisome result of ingesting the toxic bug, Canadian researchers find. Eight years after falling ill with E. coli gastroenteritis, adults have a 3.4-fold higher risk of kidney damage, a 2.1-fold higher risk of

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  2. Probiotic Helps Children's Stomach Pain

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- A common probiotic may help ease tummy troubles for children with chronic stomach pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A new study shows the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG, commonly known as lactobacillus GG or LGG, significantly reduced the severity and frequ

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  3. Diarrhea: Common Triggers and Treatments

    Medicine has its mysteries. But you know when you've got diarrhea. There's no delicate way to describe it: Loose stools, frequent bowel movements, bloating, cramps, gas. There's also an urgency that leaves you with no doubt -- it's diarrhea . Many people have occasional diarrhea -- typically from a

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  4. Celiac Disease Can Develop at Any Age

    Sept 27, 2010 -- New research shows that you can develop celiac disease at any age -- even if you previously tested negative for this autoimmune intestinal disorder. During the past 30 years, there has been a fivefold increase in the prevalence of celiac disease, and a lot of these cases occurred in

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  5. Broccoli, Plantains May Stop Crohn's Disease Relapse

    Aug. 25, 2010 -- Fibers from broccoli and plantain plants may block a key stage in the development of Crohn’s disease, a new study finds. Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disorder that affects about seven of every 100,000 people in North America. Researchers in Europe tested soluble fibers from broc

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  6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the Brain

    July 23, 2010 -- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be in the brain, not in the mind. IBS patients tend to suffer anxiety and depression, but they tire of being told their symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and/or pain are all in their minds. Now there's evidence that their underlying problem may b

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  7. Heartburn 101

    There was a time when it didn’t take much to set off Sara Perlman-Smith’s heartburn. Spicy foods, alcohol, even a foul mood could send a burning wave rushing up her throat. "I could feel the acid in my esophagus," she recalls. "It was just a consistent burning pain in my chest." Then there was the c

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  8. Travelers' Diarrhea: What You Need to Know

    What do we all need to know about travelers' diarrhea? WebMD asked Emory University professor Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, the CDC's expert travel health consultant. Travelers’ diarrhea is often used as a generic term for any illnesses ranging from an upset tummy to loose stools during or after travel. It

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  9. Protect Against Osteoporosis When You’re Lactose Intolerant

    For millions of Americans suffering from lactose intolerance, dealing with painful bloating, gas, nausea, and diarrhea is a part of daily life. Lactose intolerance occurs when your body has problems digesting lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. The small intestine produces an en

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  10. FDA Warns of Fracture Risk From Acid Reflux Drugs

    May 25, 2010 -- Popular PPI antacids -- Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Vimovo, and Zegerid -- raise the risk of bone fracture, especially when used for a year or more or at high doses, the FDA warns. The warning comes after U.S. and Canadian researchers linked the use of PP

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