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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 5 Genetic Regions Tied to Childhood IBD

    Nov. 16, 2009 -- Five newly identified genetic regions may help explain how childhood inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) develops. A new study shows at least one of the five new gene regions associated with childhood IBD is directly involved in the biological process that causes the painful inflammati

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  9. Probiotics May Help Treat IBD Symptoms

    Oct. 29, 2009 -- A natural probiotic therapy may offer a new treatment option to ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and promote the body's own healing process. Up to 1 million people in the U.S. have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); the main types are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease

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  10. Job Stress Brings Gastrointestinal Problems

    Oct. 27, 2009 -- Stress can be hard on your gut. And that may be especially true when the work environment is extraordinarily stressful -- such as cleaning up after the 9/11 attacks or serving in the military, according to researchers who have found a link between these stressful jobs and gastrointe

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