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  1. Are Hospitals Doing Enough to Fight C. diff?

    May 20, 2010 -- Hospitals and other health care facilities have been taking steps to stop the spread of C. diff, a potentially life-threatening bacterium, but a new survey concludes that more needs to be done. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) says it is

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  2. Infections, Fractures Linked to Acid Reflux Drugs

    May 10, 2010 -- The popular class of antacids that includes Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix increases the risk of C. diff infection and bone fracture, new studies find. The drugs all are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs),  the most powerful class of antacid drugs. It's the th

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  3. IBD May Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

    May 5, 2010 -- People with inflammatory bowel disease -- especially men and those with ulcerative colitis -- may be at increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer, preliminary research suggests. Up to 1 million Americans have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); the main types are ulcerative coliti

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  4. C. diff May Be Worse With Low Vitamin D

    May 5, 2010 -- Patients with low vitamin D levels who catch the nasty superbug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, are more likely to have persistent diarrhea than those with normal levels, preliminary research suggests.  C. diff infections resolved in 15 of 28 (53%) hospitalized patients with normal

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  5. Olive Oil May Protect Against Ulcerative Colitis

    May 5, 2010 -- Two or three tablespoons a day of olive oil may help protect against ulcerative colitis, preliminary research suggests. In a new study, people with the highest consumption of oleic acid -- a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid found in olive oil, peanut oil, and grapeseed oil, as well

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  6. Combination Therapy Treats Crohn's Disease

    April 14, 2010 -- Patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease are most likely to get better if treated with a combination of biologic and immune-suppressing therapies, a clinical trial suggests. It's a "landmark trial," says gastroenterologist David Kerman, MD, assistant professor of clinical m

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  7. Brewing a Gentler Java

    March 22, 2010 - Scientists in Europe say they’ve pinpointed several components of coffee that may cause many people to suffer stomachaches and heartburn. The researchers say their discovery of "culprit" substances could lead to a new generation of stomach-friendly brews with the rich taste and arom

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  8. C. diff Infection Rate May Overtake MRSA

    March 22, 2010 -- A new superbug may be sneaking up on hospitals already struggling to lower infections from another, more well-known antibiotic-resistant bacterium. A new study shows rates of infection from the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) are now surpassing those associated with

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  9. Genes Yield Clues to Ulcerative Colitis

    March 19, 2010 -- Fifteen newly identified genes may offer a better understanding of the cause of ulcerative colitis and its ties to Crohn’s disease. Two new studies involving more than 23,000 people bring the total number of genes associated with the painful disorder to nearly 30 and show at least

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  10. New Diarrhea Danger for Children

    March 10, 2010 -- A dangerous diarrhea-causing germ once thought to only affect the elderly and seriously ill is now affecting a growing number of healthy children in the U.S. A new report shows the rates of hospitalization for illness caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) in

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