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  1. C. Difficile Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half a million Americans were infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile in 2011, and 29,000 died within a month of diagnosis, U.S. health officials report. "Infections with C. difficile have become incre

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  2. FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the heartburn drug Nexium (esomeprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ivax Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., received approval to

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  3. Viruses May Play Role in Crohn's Disease, Colitis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Viruses may play a role in inflammatory bowel diseases, including the two most common types, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, a new study reveals. Previous research has linked these bowel diseases with a lower varie

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  4. Could Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests. The research doesn't conf

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  5. Gluten Not the Only Celiac Disease Culprit: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that gluten -- found in wheat, rye and barley -- is the cause of health problems in people with celiac disease. Now, new research suggests these folks may also react to non-gluten wheat proteins. The discovery

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  6. Genes May Determine Weight by Shaping Gut Bacteria

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genes influence a person's body weight by determining the types of bacteria that live in the intestines, a new study reveals. "Up until now, variation in the abundances of gut microbes has been explained by diet, the envi

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  7. Scientists Create Tiny Stomachs From Stem Cells

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who used stem cells to create miniature human stomachs in the laboratory say their breakthrough could provide a new way to learn more about the development and treatment of stomach diseases. The team used hum

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  8. Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Not getting the right amount of sleep might raise your risk of ulcerative colitis, a new study suggests. Those who sleep less or more than the recommended seven to eight hours per night may be more prone to develop

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  9. Gut Microbes and Jet Lag, Shift-Work Weight Gain

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Disruptions in the human circadian clock can throw off microbes in the gut, potentially boosting the risk of obesity, a new study suggests. The results may help explain why shift workers and people who get jet lag by tra

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  10. Despite Cleaning, Endoscopes May Pass on E. coli

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An E. coli outbreak at an Illinois hospital was caused by endoscopes that had bacterial contamination despite being disinfected in the recommended way, a new study says. The outbreak occurred among patients who underwent p

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