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  1. Magnetic Implant May Ease Chronic Acid Reflux

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- An implanted magnetic device could offer a new treatment option for people with chronic heartburn that is not controlled with medication, a small study suggests. The study, reported in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journa

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  2. Does Feeding Baby Gluten Early On Cut Celiac Risk?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Modifying an infant's diet to include the protein gluten while the mother is still breast-feeding could lower the risk of celiac disease, a common intestinal disorder, according to a new Swedish study. That finding may sound

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  3. Celiac Disease: New Hope for a Pill Treatment?

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- For people with celiac disease, everyday foods such as bread, pizza crust and muffins are potential enemies. But scientists anticipate that some day a simple pill could help prevent the digestive upsets caused by ingesting

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  4. The Best Ways to Use Probiotics

    A baffling selection of probiotic foods and supplements crowd the shelves of health food stores these days. The findings of recent research confirm that foods and supplements with probiotics may provide benefits for many digestive problems. Probiotics may even help promote a healthy immune system. C

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  5. When Can Probiotics Help?

    Evidence on the benefits of probiotics is building, and much of it is positive. Studies suggest that these natural remedies, which contain beneficial microbes, may help prevent or treat some digestive problems. They may also help regulate the immune system. They may even protect against common respi

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  6. What Are Probiotics?

    Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But our bodies naturally teem with such organism

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  7. Scientists Working Toward Pill for Celiac Disease

    Dec. 21, 2012 -- Scientists say they’re working on a pill that may one day help people with celiac disease tolerate foods that contain gluten, a protein that is found in wheat and other grains. “It would be pretty much like the Lactaid pill,” says researcher Justin B. Siegel, PhD, an assistant profe

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  8. Dog Sniffs Out Deadly C. diff Infection

    Dec. 13, 2012 -- A 2-year-old beagle named Cliff may hold the key to preventing an infection that kills thousands of Americans each year. Researchers in the Netherlands taught Cliff to sniff out the intestinal bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile or C. diff) in stool samples from infected pa

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  9. Endoscopy Overused in Heartburn Patients

    Dec. 4, 2012 -- Acid reflux is the most common reason U.S. adults undergo a procedure where a viewing tube is put down their throat. But many people don’t need it, according to new advice from one of internal medicine’s main professional groups. “Overuse of upper endoscopy contributes to higher heal

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  10. Is a New Crohn’s Disease Treatment on the Horizon?

    Oct. 17, 2012 -- A drug used to treat psoriasis may provide a much-needed option for people with bad cases of Crohn’s disease.  In the new study, some people with moderate to severe Crohn's given Stelara (ustekinumab) began to see improvements in their symptoms within six weeks. Crohn's disease is a

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