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    News and Features Related to Digestive Disorders

    1. Drinking Water Pipes Full of 'Good' Bacteria

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking water pipes and water treatment plants host an ecosystem of "good bacteria" that help purify the water, Swedish researchers say. Thousands of species of beneficial bacteria form a thin coating called a biofilm

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    2. Chronic Plus Binge Drinking Spurs Liver Damage

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic drinking combined with binge drinking quickly damages the liver, and is more destructive than previously thought, a new study with mice suggests. "Heavy binge drinking by those who habitually consume alcohol is

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    3. IBS Linked to Low Vitamin D

      Dec. 22, 2015 -- About 8 in 10 people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) also have low vitamin D levels, according to a small British study. Although these are early results, researchers say that in the future, people with the disease might benefit from vitamin D screening tests and supplements. Th

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    4. Get Relief From IBS

      Ten years ago, Nikki Martinez lived in constant pain. "I had cramping, constipation, diarrhea. I was so nauseous, I almost couldn't stand eating." Martinez, then 30, was eventually diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a collection of symptoms that affects up to 1 in 5 people. "We don't com

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    5. 5 Things to Know About Digestive Health

      Your digestive tract, which starts at your mouth and goes all the way through to your stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus at the other end, has a big job to do. And when there's a problem with the system, the signs are easy to recognize -- diarrhea, bloating, constipation, and belly pa

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    6. Stem Cell Transplants and Tough-to-Treat Crohn's

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cell transplants seem no better than conventional therapy for Crohn's disease that hasn't responded to other treatments, a new study finds. The European study also found that for patients who cannot undergo surgery

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    7. The Rise of the Do-It-Yourself Fecal Transplant

      Dec. 9, 2015 -- Hallie found relief from 7 years of unrelenting stomach pain at the bottom of her 3-year-old nephew’s froggy potty. She took his stool out of the training toilet, “mushed it up” with some saline solution in a plastic baggie and then squirted it into her rectum using an empty enema bo

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    8. IBS During Pregnancy: What to Expect

      Most pregnant women can expect some GI challenges during those 9 months. Morning sickness and heartburn are common. The iron and calcium in prenatal vitamins can make you constipated. Plus, your growing baby is physically pressing against your organs as food moves through them. If you already have i

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    9. When Can Probiotics Help?

      As probiotics have become more popular, researchers continue to study these "good" bacteria. Results show they can help with digestive problems as well as other health problems that range from eczema to children's colds. These natural microbes can be found in foods like yogurt as well as supplements

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    10. What Are Probiotics?

      Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help ke

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