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  1. Mesh for Hernia Repair Reduces Recurrence: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using surgical mesh instead of stitches alone when repairing abdominal hernias appears to reduce the chances the problem will return, a new study suggests. But mesh use is linked to other surgical risks, including inf

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  2. New Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Ease Chronic Heartburn

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people who are considering weight-loss surgery should choose their procedure carefully if they hope to be free of chronic heartburn, a new study suggests. The study of nearly 39,000 patients found that while tradi

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  3. Quinoa May Be Safe for People With Celiac Disease

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The grain quinoa seems safe for people with celiac disease, a new British study suggests. People with celiac disease have an immune response in the small intestine when they eat the protein gluten, which is found in grain

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  4. Want to Stay Healthy? Try Washing Your Hands

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Like "Turn out the lights" and "Don't slam the door," being told to "Wash your hands" is one of those universal instructions children hear every day. But it's more than that. Hand washing has been shown to be one of the most eff

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  5. Celiac Disease: Gluten-Free Diet May Protect Bones

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term damage to the intestines could raise the risk of hip fractures in people with celiac disease, a new study suggests. However, the research, published Jan. 16 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

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  6. Feeling Good About Your Body When You Have Crohn's

    Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical car

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  7. The Gluten Debate Continues

    Dec. 12, 2013 -- It’s not unusual for people to say they feel much better after dropping gluten from their diets, even though they don't have celiac disease, digestive experts report.  What these people describe has come to be called “non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” or NCGS. It's a little-studied di

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  8. Acid-Reflux Drugs & Lower Levels of Vitamin B-12

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People who take certain acid-reflux medications might have an increased risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency, according to new research. Taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to ease the symptoms of excess stomach acid for more

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  9. Avoid Common Mistakes When You Have Crohn's

    Sometimes your best ally in preventing flare-ups from Crohn's disease is common sense. Avoid these key errors to keep Crohn's at bay. Crohn's is a complicated disease, and the treatments are always changing. Your best bet is to get treated by an experienced gastroenterologist. That's a doctor who sp

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  10. Surgery for Crohn’s Disease

    Surgery for Crohn's disease can change your life. "Surgery gets rid of the diseased bowel," says surgeon Jon Vogel, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. It can help you eat and drink without pain. You may also be able to stop taking Crohn's drugs, at least for a while. Almost 3 out of 4 people with Crohn's

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