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    News and Features Related to Digestive Disorders

    1. Gallbladder Disease Patients Have Many Options

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's only a tiny, bile-producing sac tucked behind your liver, but if your gallbladder goes awry it can spell big health troubles. In fact, more than 725,000 Americans undergo surgery to treat gallbladder disease each ye

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    2. Surgery May Beat Drugs for Ulcerative Colitis

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery may extend the lives of older adults with the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis, new research suggests. A study of thousands of adults with the condition compared results of surgery to those of long-t

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    3. The Truth About Gas

      Though the words “burp” and “fart” make most kids giggle, adults usually get shy when they get gassy and pretend that it never happened. But sometimes, it’s hard to ignore.  Many people don’t know much about intestinal gas, even though we all have it. It’s time to take the air out of some of the myt

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    4. Celiac Disease in Family and Autoimmune Disorders

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Close relatives and even the spouses of people with celiac disease appear to face a raised risk for other types of autoimmune disorders, a new analysis suggests. Autoimmune disorders arise when the immune system launches an a

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    5. How to Find and Choose a Probiotic

      If you’re ready to add probiotics to your diet, you have a lot of options. Now that more research shows these "good bacteria" may help with digestive problems, you just need to know where to find them. One common source is supplements. You can buy them as tablets, capsules, powders, or liquids. Look

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    6. FAQ: Heartburn Meds and Health Risks

      Editor's note: This article was updated Oct. 27, 2015. July 6, 2015 -- Millions of Americans have used heartburn medications called proton pump inhibitors to help ease pain and discomfort after they eat. But does that help come at a price? One study found that the drugs, also known as PPIs, are link

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    7. Appendicitis Can Often Be Treated With Antibiotics

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, a new study found that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared the invasive procedure known as appendectomy.

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    8. Popular Heartburn Meds Tied to Heart Attack Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who use certain heartburn drugs for a long period of time may have a slightly heightened risk of suffering a heart attack, a new study suggests. Using medical records from nearly 300,000 U.S. adults with acid reflux

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    9. 'Gut Feelings': More Than Heartburn, Indigestion?

      June 5, 2015 -- If promising but early studies pan out, psychiatrists of the future could make a most unusual request of their patients: a sample of their stool. Yes, the bodily specimen used to help diagnose digestive diseases might also offer clues as to what’s happening at the other end of someon

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    10. New Meds OK’d for Hard-to-Treat IBS With Diarrhea

      May 28, 2015 -- The FDA has approved two new prescription medications to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, or IBS-D. It’s the latest step in a years-long struggle to find safe and effective treatments for the condition. “I think patients with IBS should be very excited to have more optio

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