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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. New Antibiotic Fights C. diff Infections

    Feb. 2, 2011 -- A new antibiotic, fidaxomicin, is as effective as vancomycin in curing C. diff ( Clostridium difficile ) infections and may be better at reducing recurrences, new research shows. ''A cure -- that means getting over the diarrhea -- was the same for both, about 90%,'' says researcher S

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  7. Celiac, Crohn's Disease Share Common Genetic Links

    Jan. 27, 2011 -- An international team of researchers has identified four genetic variants common to celiac disease and Crohn?s disease. The research may help to explain why people who have celiac disease appear to have a higher rate of Crohn?s disease than the general population. It may one day lea

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  8. 2 Weeks of Antibiotic Therapy Relieves IBS

    Jan. 5, 2011 -- A two-week course of the antibiotic rifaximin (Xifaxan) helps to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and the relief lasts up to 10 weeks after stopping the medication, according to new research. ''The major finding was that all IBS symptoms improved," says Mark Pi

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  9. Secrecy May Be Unnecessary for Placebo Effect

    Dec. 22, 2010 -- Patients with irritable bowel syndrome felt better after knowingly taking a placebo, suggesting that the secrecy of giving patients “dummy pills” may not be necessary, Harvard researchers report. In a trial involving 80 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), investigators fro

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  10. Heartburn Drugs Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- New research suggests that one out of every 200 patients being treated with gastric acid-suppressive drugs for heartburn and other conditions may develop pneumonia. Researchers led by Chun-Sick Eom, MD, MPH, from Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea, conducted a review

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