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  1. Environmental Toxins & Liver Disease: A Link?

    May 29, 2009 -- Low-level exposures to environmental toxins may partially explain the increasing problem of liver disease in U.S. adults, says a Kentucky researcher. "Liver disease is a rapidly growing problem for the U.S. population," says Matthew Cave, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Un

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  2. New Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus

    May 27, 2009 -- Radiofrequency ablation may zap away the potentially precancerous cells associated with Barrett’s esophagus. A new study shows radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat generated by radio waves to selectively destroy tissue, completely eradicated the abnormal cell growths lining the e

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  3. Acid Blockers Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    May 26, 2009 -- An estimated 33,000 deaths a year from hospital-acquired pneumonia may result from the practice of routinely prescribing proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs during hospitalization to patients who don't need them. Use of acid-reducing drugs was associated with a 30

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  4. Heartburn Drug Prevacid Goes Over the Counter

    May 14, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the heartburn drug Prevacid 24HR for sale without a prescription, according to Novartis, the drug company that makes Prevacid 24HR.  Prevacid 24HR is taken once daily to treat frequent heartburn, which is heartburn that happens at least two days per week. Prevaci

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  5. Broccoli Sprouts Good for the Gut

    April 6, 2009 -- Munching on broccoli sprouts may help protect the stomach from the germ responsible for many cases of gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancer. A new study shows that eating 2 1/2 ounces of three-day-old broccoli sprouts every day for at least two months may offer at least some protect

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  6. New Yogurt Fights Stomach Ulcers

    March 22, 2009 -- A new yogurt, already on the shelves in some Asian countries, may offer a tasty new way to prevent and treat stomach ulcers. Japanese researchers say the yogurt they developed fights bacteria that cause gastritis and stomach ulcers. Researchers presented the findings of a clinical

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  7. Metoclopramide Drugs Get 'Black Box' Warning

    Feb. 27, 2009 -- The FDA has ordered a "black box" warning, the FDA's strongest warning, for drugs that contain metoclopramide, which is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders. The boxed warning will highlight the risk of tardive dyskinesia, or involuntary and repetitive movements of the body, wit

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  8. FDA OKs New GERD Drug Kapidex

    Feb. 6, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Kapidex delayed-release capsules as a once-daily treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and for erosive esophagitis, which is GERD-related damage to the esophagus. Kapidex, which is taken orally, belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibi

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  9. GERD Procedures Ditch Scalpels

    Jan. 20, 2009 -- Researchers report promising results for new procedures to treat GERD without making any surgical incisions in the skin. Both treatments are endoscopic, meaning that doctors perform the procedures via a tiny tube passed through the mouth and guided to the junction of the stomach and

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  10. New IBS Guidelines Offer Treatment Ideas

    Dec. 19, 2008 -- New guidelines have been issued by the nation's gastroenterologists that are aimed at easing the abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which afflicts millions of Americans. The guidelines, issued by the American College of Gastroenterology,

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