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  1. GERD-Related Injury May Have Immune Trigger

    Nov. 23, 2009 -- Stomach acid may only be part of the problem when it comes to esophagus injury related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A new study suggests that an immune system response may be the real culprit behind reflux esophagitis.  Researchers say it's been assumed that reflux eso

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  2. Gene Mutations Linked to IBD in Children

    Nov. 19, 2009 -- Rare genetic mutations may trigger inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in young children. A new study shows genetic mutations affecting the interleukin-10 receptor are associated with severe early-onset IBD in children; a stem cell transplant was successful in putting the disease into

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  3. 5 Genetic Regions Tied to Childhood IBD

    Nov. 16, 2009 -- Five newly identified genetic regions may help explain how childhood inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) develops. A new study shows at least one of the five new gene regions associated with childhood IBD is directly involved in the biological process that causes the painful inflammati

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  4. Probiotics May Help Treat IBD Symptoms

    Oct. 29, 2009 -- A natural probiotic therapy may offer a new treatment option to ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and promote the body's own healing process. Up to 1 million people in the U.S. have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); the main types are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease

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  5. Job Stress Brings Gastrointestinal Problems

    Oct. 27, 2009 -- Stress can be hard on your gut. And that may be especially true when the work environment is extraordinarily stressful -- such as cleaning up after the 9/11 attacks or serving in the military, according to researchers who have found a link between these stressful jobs and gastrointe

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  6. Supplements for IBS: What Works?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is among the most common intestinal maladies and one of the most difficult to treat. No single remedy works for everybody, and there are few drugs created exclusively for IBS symptoms, which include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. "I

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  7. Ulcer Treatment: 4 Drugs Better Than 3?

    Oct. 26, 2009 -- A new, four-drug regimen to wipe out bacteria associated with peptic ulcers and stomach inflammation banished the bugs better than the standard three-drug treatment often used, according to research presented at ACG 2009, the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterolog

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  8. Gene Variant Raises Crohn's Disease Risk

    Sept. 28, 2009 - A gene variant common in whites is linked to Crohn's disease, an intriguing new study suggests. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In IBD, the delicate balance of the gut ecosystem is disrupted by an excessive inflammatory immune response. People who carry the g

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  9. 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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  10. 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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