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  1. Your 'Healthy' Bacteria Are as Individual as You Are

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to the communities of helpful bacteria living in and on people, "one-size-fits-all" is definitely not the rule, a new study finds. A team at the University of Michigan found wide variation in the types of

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  2. Lactose-Free Milk and Nondairy Beverages

    Does milk upset your stomach? You could be lactose intolerant.  But even if you are, you can probably still enjoy light coffee and creamy desserts without discomfort. Here's how. Dairy products are high in calcium, protein, and other nutrients. You may still be able to get these nutrients from dairy

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  3. 10 Tips for When Your Meds Trigger Heartburn

    If you take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, you may have side effects.  And one of them can be heartburn -- that burning in your chest or throat that happens when acid flows up from your stomach. Don’t assume you’ll just have to live with it.  Make a list of all the medications you

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  4. Lactose: How Much Can You Take?

    If your doctor just broke the news that you're lactose intolerant, it doesn't mean you'll never get to savor another bite of ice cream. At first, many people fear they'll have to give up all dairy products, says Dee Sandquist, RD, a dietitian in Fairfield, Iowa. But with some trial and error, most p

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  5. Lactose-Free Recipes for Your Favorite Dishes

    You can still enjoy tasty dishes, even if you don’t digest lactose well. For a delicious change of pace, try these lactose-free entree and snack recipes.

  6. Tips for Everyday Challenges of Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease can complicate everyday activities, but you can overcome most challenges. Try these strategies to smooth out wrinkles at home, at work, and in your relationships. Educate your family. Teach your family and friends what it's like to live with Crohn's. They may be confused about the di

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  7. Hernia Repair Recovery Often Longer Than Expected

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia may underestimate how long their recovery will take, new research indicates. Hernia surgery involves closing a gap that has formed in the muscle walls of t

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  8. Raised Heart-Trouble Risk Seen in Celiac Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with celiac disease have a nearly twofold increased risk of heart disease compared to those without the chronic digestive disorder, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data gathered from nearly 22.4 mi

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  9. Why Tobacco Use May Make Heartburn Worse

    You’ve cut out the pizza and chili dogs, lost weight, and raised the head of your bed. But your heartburn just won’t go away. Before you reach for a new bottle of antacids, you can do one more thing that might help: Quit smoking. A large study found that smokers were much more likely than nonsmokers

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  10. Gut Bacteria May Play Role in Crohn's Disease

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The community of bacteria that typically live in the human gut is radically altered in patients with Crohn's disease, a new study shows. Overall, patients with Crohn's have less diversity among their intestinal bacter

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