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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Medication, Surgery Both Treat Acid Reflux Well

      May 17, 2011 -- Patients weighing whether to take daily medication or undergo a surgical procedure to treat acid reflux disease may take comfort in the results of a new study finding that both treatments appear to control the worst symptoms of the disease in many people. The study, which is publishe

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    5. Experimental Drug May Treat Chronic Constipation

      May 10, 2011 -- An experimental pill that blocks the absorption of bile acids by the small intestine may help to relieve chronic constipation, early research shows. The drug, called A3309, works by inhibiting a molecule that removes digestive juices called bile acids from the lower part of the small

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    6. Mindfulness Meditation May Cut IBS Symptoms

      May 10, 2011 -- People who practice the meditative technique called mindfulness meditation may be able to reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a new study shows. The study found that the physical and psychological symptoms of IBS were more effectively managed by people practicing m

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    7. Study: Stomach Acid Drugs Linked to Fracture Risk

      May 9, 2011 -- Long-term, regular users of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix appear to have a heightened risk of fractures, a study shows. The researchers found that this class of acid-suppressive drugs raises the chances of breaking a bone

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    8. New C. diff Drug OK'd by FDA Panel

      April 5, 2011 – The FDA should approve Optimer's fidaxomicin for the treatment of the C. diff superbug, an expert advisory panel today unanimously agreed. C. diff ( Clostridium difficile ) infects as many as 3 million Americans every year, making it the top bacterial cause of severe diarrhea in the

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    9. Bulking Agent May Help Fecal Incontinence

      March 16, 2011 -- It is a common, life-altering medical condition, but you aren’t likely to see a celebrity taking up the cause or a telethon devoted to finding a cure. More than 5 million Americans have some degree of fecal incontinence. And many suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed t

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    10. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Raises Blood Clot Risk

      Feb. 22, 2011 -- Inflammatory bowel disease may more than double the risk of a serious blood clot in the legs or lungs, according to a new study. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that includes a variety of intestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Rese

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