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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Lactose intolerance: Too Little Is Known

    Feb. 24, 2010 -- People who are lactose intolerant often avoid dairy products, thereby depriving themselves of calcium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients, according to a draft statement released today by a National Institutes of Health-sponsored panel on lactose intolerance and health. The pa

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  9. FDA Warns of Maalox Mix-up Danger

    Feb. 17, 2010 - At least five "serious adverse events" occurred in people who took Maalox Total Relief thinking it was Maalox antacid, the FDA warns. The two over-the-counter drugs are not the same. Maalox Total Relief contains bismuth subsalicylate, a drug with aspirin-like side effects that includ

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  10. Gluten-Free Camp Helps Celiac Disease Kids

    Feb. 15, 2010 -- A week at a gluten-free camp improves the lives of kids with celiac disease, say researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. People with celiac disease develop intestinal damage and painful symptoms if they eat even a little gluten, a protein found in foods made from

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