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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Probiotic Helps Children's Stomach Pain

      Nov. 16, 2010 -- A common probiotic may help ease tummy troubles for children with chronic stomach pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A new study shows the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG, commonly known as lactobacillus GG or LGG, significantly reduced the severity and frequ

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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