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  1. New Way to Ease Ulcerative Colitis?

    Aug. 15, 2012 -- A pill that targets the very early stages of the body’s immune response may ease the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. The drug is called tofacitinib. It's up for FDA consideration to treat another condition -- rheumatoid arthritis. In a new study, researchers tested the drug in peopl

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  2. Do You Need a Gluten-Free Diet? Probably Not

    Aug. 1, 2012 -- For a lot of people, gluten-free diets are more trend than treatment, a new study shows. The study estimates that 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease. Another 1.6 million are on gluten-free diets, the recommended treatment for celiac disease. Yet there's almost no overlap betwe

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  3. Some Dietary Supplements Linked to Liver Damage

    May 23, 2012 -- Bodybuilding and weight loss supplements may help you look better, but with some of these supplements there's an ugly tradeoff: a very real risk of liver damage. Using data from a national registry, researchers found that herbal and dietary supplements were implicated in 18% of liver

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  4. The Laxative-Free 'Virtual Colonoscopy'

    May 14, 2012-- For many people, preparing for a colonoscopy is sometimes more daunting than the procedure itself. You typically stop eating solid food for at least a day, and then drink what seems like gallons of liquid to clean out your bowel. You need to stay close to a bathroom, because you will

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  5. Aging and Digestive Health

    Getting older has pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you get more time to relax and enjoy life. On the minus side lie many health challenges -- including an increase in digestive health disorders. Of course, problems with digestion can occur at any age. Yet nearly 40% of older adults have one or

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  6. Probiotics Reduce Antibiotic Diarrhea

    May 8, 2012 -- Diarrhea is a common side effect of antibiotic use, occurring in almost 1 in 3 people who take the drugs. But new research suggests that probiotics may help lower the risk of that unwanted side effect. By affecting good bacteria, as well as bad, antibiotics can disrupt the delicate mi

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  7. Jennifer's Way: Helping Those with Celiac Disease

    When Jennifer Esposito was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago, the actress was shocked and relieved. "It was hard, but it was also the day I realized the person I once knew as 'me' was gone," says Esposito, 39, who plays detective Jackie Curatola on the CBS hit police drama Blue Bloods. M

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  8. Deaths From Stomach Bugs Have Risen Since 1999

    March 16, 2012 -- The number of Americans who died from gastroenteritis, most commonly caused by stomach bugs, more than doubled between 1999 and 2007, a new study from the CDC shows. Researchers found that people aged 65 and older were the hardest hit: They accounted for 83% of all deaths from gast

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  9. Guide to Gluten-Free Flours

    Are you on a gluten-free diet? Regular breads, bagels, muffins, and many other store-bought baked goods are not allowed on gluten-free eating plans.   Here's what you need to know before you buy gluten-free grain products or bake them at home. Gluten is a protein present in wheat flour, which is wid

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  10. Norovirus Causes Most Hospital Infection Outbreaks

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- Norovirus is the leading cause of infection outbreaks in hospitals throughout the country, a new study reveals. The virus, which causes a "stomach flu" known as gastroenteritis, was the culprit in some 18% of all outbreaks in U.S. hospitals during a two-year period. It also was respo

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