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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Environmental Toxins & Liver Disease: A Link?

    May 29, 2009 -- Low-level exposures to environmental toxins may partially explain the increasing problem of liver disease in U.S. adults, says a Kentucky researcher. "Liver disease is a rapidly growing problem for the U.S. population," says Matthew Cave, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Un

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  8. New Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus

    May 27, 2009 -- Radiofrequency ablation may zap away the potentially precancerous cells associated with Barrett’s esophagus. A new study shows radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat generated by radio waves to selectively destroy tissue, completely eradicated the abnormal cell growths lining the e

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  9. Acid Blockers Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    May 26, 2009 -- An estimated 33,000 deaths a year from hospital-acquired pneumonia may result from the practice of routinely prescribing proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs during hospitalization to patients who don't need them. Use of acid-reducing drugs was associated with a 30

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  10. Heartburn Drug Prevacid Goes Over the Counter

    May 14, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the heartburn drug Prevacid 24HR for sale without a prescription, according to Novartis, the drug company that makes Prevacid 24HR.  Prevacid 24HR is taken once daily to treat frequent heartburn, which is heartburn that happens at least two days per week. Prevaci

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