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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Humira Approved for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

    Sept. 28, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Abbott's Humira for the treatment of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. Humira (adalimumab) now is approved for both forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It was already approved to treat Crohn’s disease, rheumat

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  7. Antibiotics May Raise Bowel Disease Risk in Kids

    Sept. 24, 2012 -- Overuse of antibiotics may help explain why more children are being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In a new study, getting antibiotics, especially very early in childhood, was linked to a raised risk for IBD. IBD is a catch-all term for a group of serious intestin

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  8. New Antibiotic in the Works for Dangerous C. Diff

    Sept. 18, 2012 -- Hospital patients infected with the dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) have more than twice the risk of dying compared to patients without the infection, a Dutch study shows. At the same time, there is hope for a new antibiotic that may lower the risk. Each year

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  9. Secrets to Gas Control

    The average person passes gas 14 to 23 times a day. Knowing it’s healthy and normal doesn’t always keep it from being embarrassing. If you’re tired of silly jokes and occasional upset, a few simple tips may help you take charge of bloating and gassiness.   The friendly bacteria in our guts help dige

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  10. Tainted Tap Water Sickens 1.1 Million Each Year

    Sept. 14, 2012 – The pipes that ferry drinking water from public wells to home taps may let in viruses that cause more than a million cases of stomach illness every year, two new studies show. “This is a really big deal,” says Jeffrey Griffiths, MD, MPH&TM, a professor at Tufts University and chair

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