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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. IBD Flare-ups May Increase Blood Clot Risk

    Feb. 9, 2010 -- Non-hospitalized patients with a flare-up of inflammatory bowel disease are 16 times more likely to develop potentially life-threatening blood clots as people without the bowel disorder, new research reveals. While the risk is still quite small for individuals with Crohn's disease an

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  5. 5 Questions Find Hidden Celiac Disease in Kids

    Feb. 1, 2010 - Five simple questions can help you find out whether your child needs a gluten-free diet, Danish researchers suggest. Many children have celiac disease, a disorder that causes damage to the intestines when food containing gluten is eaten. Such kids do much better on a gluten-free diet.

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  6. Relapses in C. diff Infections Reduced

    Jan. 20, 2010 -- New monoclonal antibodies can break the cycle of recurrent infections in patients plagued by C. diff, a clinical trial suggests. C. diff -- Clostridium difficile -- is the most common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and colitis. A particularly nasty strain of the bug, dubbed

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  7. St. John's Wort May Not Help IBS

    Jan. 7, 2010 -- The herbal supplement St. John's wort is unlikely to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, is the first to scientifically evaluate St. John's wort as a treatment for IBS. The herb i

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  8. Smart Phones Aid Diagnosis

    Nov. 30, 2009 (Chicago) -- Your child has abdominal pain and the young doctor suspects appendicitis. But he wants to make sure. There’s an app for that. CT scan images sent via an iPhone, using a $19.99 app that's available on iTunes, were clear enough for correct diagnoses to be made in 99% of case

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  9. GERD-Related Injury May Have Immune Trigger

    Nov. 23, 2009 -- Stomach acid may only be part of the problem when it comes to esophagus injury related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A new study suggests that an immune system response may be the real culprit behind reflux esophagitis.  Researchers say it's been assumed that reflux eso

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  10. Gene Mutations Linked to IBD in Children

    Nov. 19, 2009 -- Rare genetic mutations may trigger inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in young children. A new study shows genetic mutations affecting the interleukin-10 receptor are associated with severe early-onset IBD in children; a stem cell transplant was successful in putting the disease into

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