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  1. Heartburn, Reflux Seen in 9/11 Survivors

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- Many people who were exposed to the dust cloud after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, may have developed lasting heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The new findings appear in the American Journal of Gastroenterolog

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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