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    1. C. diff Infections in Hospitals Are Leveling Off

      Oct. 26, 2011 (Honolulu) -- After explosive growth in North American hospitals at the beginning of the millennium, the number of new infections with the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff) appears to have leveled off, a new study shows. "We find this tremendous growth from 2000 to 2005, but fr

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    2. C. Diff Vaccine Shows Promise

      Oct. 21, 2011 -- A new vaccine shows promise for preventing infection with the potentially dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. In two industry-funded studies of nearly 100 healthy people, the vaccine also proved safe. No serious side effects were associated with its use. The va

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    3. Men, Women May Experience Acid Reflux Differently

      Oct. 18, 2011 -- Men and women experience symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux differently, a new study shows. The study is published in the Archives of Surgery. Researchers surveyed nearly 3,000 Australian adults living in the community and more than 2,000 men and women who were having surgery to

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    4. Barrett's Esophagus May Be Less Risky Than Thought

      Oct. 12, 2011 -- People with Barrett's esophagus, a complication of heartburn and acid reflux disease, are at risk of developing a deadly kind of cancer at much lower rates than doctors previously believed, a new study shows. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers

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    5. Some Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to C. diff

      Sept. 21, 2011 (Chicago) -- The popular class of acid reflux medication that includes Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix is associated with an increased risk of diarrhea caused by the bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Japanese researchers followed about 500 hospitalized p

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    6. C. diff on the Rise Outside the Hospital

      Sept. 20, 2011 (Chicago) -- The potentially dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) is making the rounds in the community -- outside the hospital setting it once called home. Each year, C. diff strikes about 500,000 Americans, mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. But anywhere from

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    7. Heartburn, Reflux Seen in 9/11 Survivors

      Sept. 7, 2011 -- Many people who were exposed to the dust cloud after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, may have developed lasting heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The new findings appear in the American Journal of Gastroenterolog

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    8. Experimental Drug May Treat Chronic Constipation

      Aug. 10, 2011 -- Two studies show that a new kind of experimental medication relieves the pain and bloating of persistent constipation better than a placebo. The studies, which are published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that linoclotide relieved chronic constipation in up to 21% of

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    9. New Genetic Clues to Esophageal Diseases

      July 26, 2011 -- Researchers have discovered three genetic mutations that may play a role in the development of esophageal diseases, a study shows. The esophageal diseases that may be affected by the mutations include esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) -- a type of cancer of the esophagus -- and Barret

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    10. FDA Approves New Drug to Treat C. diff

      June 1, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the use of an antibacterial drug called Dificid to treat adult patients with an infectious type of diarrhea that has become a significant problem in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Dificid (fidaxomicin) comes in tablet form and is specifically targeted a

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