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  1. New Drug Targets C. diff Infection

    Sept.16, 2009 (San Francisco) -- Researchers are developing a novel antibiotic that they hope can help turn the tide in the epidemic of the nasty bug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. Dubbed NVB302, the drug is the first in a new class of antibiotics called Type B lantibiotics to undergo testing ag

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  2. New Clues to Risks From Celiac Disease

    Sept. 15, 2009 -- Patients with celiac disease -- a genetic, inherited disorder marked by intestinal damage -- are at a modestly increased risk of death, as suspected, according to a new study. But in a surprise finding, the researchers discovered that those with less severe degrees of celiac diseas

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  3. Study: Heartburn Drugs OK With Plavix?

    Aug. 31, 2009 -- Heart patients who take the anti-clotting drug Plavix may safely take an acid-reducing proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drug, an analysis of two previously reported studies suggests. The new findings seem to contradict several recent studies showing negative outcomes in heart patients wh

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  4. IBS Relief From Soluble Fiber

    Aug. 28, 2009 -- Psyllium, the soluble fiber in Metamucil and other products, can relieve abdominal pain and discomfort in some patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Bran, an insoluble fiber, did not help most patients and worsened symptoms in many, according to the results of a 275-patient

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  5. Special Bacteria May Curb Bowel Diseases

    Aug. 21, 2009 -- Researchers in England may have found a new way to treat colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases. Those scientists took a bacterium called Bacteroides ovatus, which people naturally have in their gut, and genetically altered it to secrete a protein called KGF-2 when exposed to

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  6. IBS: What It's Like

    Aug. 20, 2009 -- People with IBS suffer pain and greatly reduced quality of life -- but what hurts most is when family, friends, and doctors don't think their suffering is legitimate. Irritable bowel syndrome greatly disrupts the lives of people who suffer from it. But unlike other gut diseases, suc

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  7. Fatty Foods Bad for Bowel

    July 22, 2009 -- Too many burgers and fries may be bad for your bowel. A new study shows that people who eat a diet high in linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid found in red meat and fried foods, may be more likely to develop a serious bowel condition known as ulcerative colit

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  8. Study: Acid Reflux Drugs Cause Rebound Symptoms

    July 2, 2009 -- Proton pump inhibitors are highly effective treatments for acid reflux symptoms, but taking prescription-strength dosages of the drugs for just a few months can lead to dependency, new research suggests. Healthy adults in the study with no history of acid reflux symptoms -- such as c

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  9. Celiac Disease Cases Are on the Rise

    July 1, 2009 -- Celiac disease -- the digestive disorder treated by banning wheat and other grains containing gluten from the diet -- is four times more common in the U.S. today than it was 50 years ago, a study shows. The study by Mayo Clinic researchers also linked undiagnosed and untreated celiac

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  10. Food Poisoning May Raise IBD Risk

    June 1, 2009 -- Salmonella or campylobacter food poisoning triples the risk  of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- for at least 15 years. IBD typically refers to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It's not clear exactly what causes IBD. Genetics, environment, diet, abnormal blood vessels, infe

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