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  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the Brain

    July 23, 2010 -- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be in the brain, not in the mind. IBS patients tend to suffer anxiety and depression, but they tire of being told their symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and/or pain are all in their minds. Now there's evidence that their underlying problem may b

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  2. St. John's Wort May Not Help IBS

    Jan. 7, 2010 -- The herbal supplement St. John's wort is unlikely to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, is the first to scientifically evaluate St. John's wort as a treatment for IBS. The herb i

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  3. Living with IBS: One Young Woman's Story

    I've had the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome -- a gastrointestinal disorder -- for my whole life, but when I was younger, I didn't realize anything was wrong. My parents thought my cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea were normal because they had similar symptoms. So I thought it was no

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  4. Supplements for IBS: What Works?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is among the most common intestinal maladies and one of the most difficult to treat. No single remedy works for everybody, and there are few drugs created exclusively for IBS symptoms, which include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. "I

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  5. IBS Relief From Soluble Fiber

    Aug. 28, 2009 -- Psyllium, the soluble fiber in Metamucil and other products, can relieve abdominal pain and discomfort in some patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Bran, an insoluble fiber, did not help most patients and worsened symptoms in many, according to the results of a 275-patient

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  6. IBS: What It's Like

    Aug. 20, 2009 -- People with IBS suffer pain and greatly reduced quality of life -- but what hurts most is when family, friends, and doctors don't think their suffering is legitimate. Irritable bowel syndrome greatly disrupts the lives of people who suffer from it. But unlike other gut diseases, suc

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  7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    By Janis Graham Some things just hit you in the gut: Rumors are heating up in your office that there are going to be more layoffs, or the principal calls (your eighth grader is acting up again), and your belly suddenly tightens. You may even need to dash to the bathroom. "The gut and bowel are very

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  8. New IBS Guidelines Offer Treatment Ideas

    Dec. 19, 2008 -- New guidelines have been issued by the nation's gastroenterologists that are aimed at easing the abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which afflicts millions of Americans. The guidelines, issued by the American College of Gastroenterology,

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  9. Top 10 Videos of 2008: Readers' Choice

    Self-improvement was on the minds of WebMD's video viewers this year, who wanted information on losing weight, lowering their cholesterol, and exercising their way to awesome abs. Those topics are among the most viewed videos on WebMD for 2008.   Exercises for Better Sex Drink Your Way to Weight Los

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  10. Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Treat IBS

    Nov. 13, 2008 -- Largely overlooked, older remedies like peppermint oil and fiber are effective treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a review of the research shows. The analysis shows that these remedies and some antispasmodic drugs that are no longer widely prescribed work well, researche

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