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News and Features Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  1. 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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  2. 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 Loss

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  3. 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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  4. FDA OKs Constipation Drug for IBS

    April 30, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the use of the constipation drug Amitiza to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women aged 18 and older. Amitiza is the first FDA-approved prescription drug therapy for IBS-C. But it isn't a new drug. The FDA approved Amitiza in 2006 to

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  5. IBS Drug Zelnorm OK'd for Some

    (Editor’s Note: On April 2, 2008, Zelnorm’s manufacturer voluntarily discontinued Zelnorm. It is no longer available.) July 27, 2007 -- The irritable bowel syndrome drug Zelnorm, which was taken off the U.S. market earlier this year, will be allowed for some patients under tight restrictions, the FD

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  6. Combination of Therapies Offers Help for IBS

    If you -- like more than 50 million Americans -- suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you know all too well the symptoms of the disorder: abdominal bloating, gas, cramps, diarrhea, and/or constipation. IBS is a functional disorder one which has no anatomical or structural abnormalities. While

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  7. IBS Drug Zelnorm Taken Off U.S. Market

    March 30, 2007 -- A popular drug for irritable bowel syndrome and constipation was pulled from the U.S. market Friday amid new evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Novartis, the manufacturer of Zelnorm, confirmed that Food and Drug Administration officials asked for the dru

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  8. Anxiety During Illness May Trigger IBS

    Feb. 26, 2007 -- People who are overly anxious or refuse to slow down during a bout of food poisoning or other infection-related gastrointestinal illness may be prone to developing irritable bowel syndrome, according to a new study. The findings reinforce the view that emotional factors like stress

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  9. Antibiotic May Aid Irritable Bowel

    Oct. 16, 2006 -- Ten days' treatment with the antibiotic Xifaxan reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a small clinical trial suggests. IBS is a condition of the intestinal tract that causes symptoms of bloating, gas, abdominal cramping, diarrhea , and constipation . Xifaxan, now appro

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  10. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Many False Fears

    Oct. 31, 2005 -- New research shows that many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) mistakenly think that IBS can lead to digestive diseases including colon cancer. IBS hasn't been shown to lead to any serious diseases, including cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Som

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