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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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 bon

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  7. 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 na

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. New Treatment for Celiac Disease?

    Feb. 9, 2011 -- Blocking an inflammatory protein called interleukin-15 (IL-15) may help treat the symptoms of celiac disease and prevent the development of celiac disease in certain at-risk people, according to new research in mice published in Nature. Celiac disease is an autoimmune and inflammator

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