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  1. The Laxative-Free 'Virtual Colonoscopy'

    May 14, 2012-- For many people, preparing for a colonoscopy is sometimes more daunting than the procedure itself. You typically stop eating solid food for at least a day, and then drink what seems like gallons of liquid to clean out your bowel. You need to stay close to a bathroom, because you will

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  2. Probiotics Reduce Antibiotic Diarrhea

    May 8, 2012 -- Diarrhea is a common side effect of antibiotic use, occurring in almost 1 in 3 people who take the drugs. But new research suggests that probiotics may help lower the risk of that unwanted side effect. By affecting good bacteria, as well as bad, antibiotics can disrupt the delicate mi

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  3. Deaths From Stomach Bugs Have Risen Since 1999

    March 16, 2012 -- The number of Americans who died from gastroenteritis, most commonly caused by stomach bugs, more than doubled between 1999 and 2007, a new study from the CDC shows. Researchers found that people aged 65 and older were the hardest hit: They accounted for 83% of all deaths from gast

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  4. Norovirus Causes Most Hospital Infection Outbreaks

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- Norovirus is the leading cause of infection outbreaks in hospitals throughout the country, a new study reveals. The virus, which causes a "stomach flu" known as gastroenteritis, was the culprit in some 18% of all outbreaks in U.S. hospitals during a two-year period. It also was respo

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  5. Heartburn Drugs Linked to Hip Fractures in Women

    Jan. 31, 2012 -- Postmenopausal women with a history of smoking who take heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for two years or longer may be more likely to sustain a hip fracture.  And the longer women take PPIs, the greater their risk. That said, the risk does disappear after women

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  6. Fiber May Not Prevent Diverticular Disease

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- A new study challenges the long-held belief that a high-fiber diet prevents the formation of small pouches in the colon wall that can lead to diverticular disease. For decades, doctors have recommended high-fiber diets to patients at risk for developing the intestinal pouches, known

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  7. FDA Panel Backs New Device for Chronic Heartburn

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- An implantable device to treat chronic, severe acid reflux disease has moved one step closer to approval. An FDA advisory committee unanimously voted that the LINX device was safe and effective for treating chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, that does not respond to m

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  8. Climate Tied to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Risk

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- Living in a sunny climate appears to reduce women’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, a large new study shows. An estimated 1.4 million people in the U.S. live with an inflammatory bowel disease, either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Both cause persistent diarrh

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  9. Study: Acid Reflux on the Rise

    Dec. 22, 2011 -- Heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux seem to be much more common than they were a decade ago. The prevalence of weekly heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux rose nearly 50% over the last decade, according to one of the largest studies ever to examine the issue. The stud

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  10. Progress Made on Vaccine for So-Called 'Cruise Ship' Virus

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- An experimental vaccine has passed an important test in preventing symptoms and infection from a type of norovirus, one of the most common causes of diarrhea and vomiting, researchers say. The disease often sweeps through cruise ships, nursing homes, and other areas where a lot of pe

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