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  1. Stress Therapy Can Help Irritable Bowel

    Sept. 13, 2004 -- Tense, tired, depressed: For people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dealing with their disease takes a mental and physical toll. Emotional state and energy level -- not just bowel problems -- need a doctor's attention, a new study shows. Many doctors do a poor job of addressin

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  2. Zelnorm Approved for Chronic Constipation

    Editor's Note: In March 2007 the FDA asked Novartis -- the maker of Zelnorm -- to pull the drug from the market because of evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But in July 2007 the FDA ruled that Zelnorm may be used by some patients in critical need of the drug who do not ha

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  3. Advisors Recommend Zelnorm for Constipation

    Editor's Note: In March 2007 the FDA asked Novartis -- the maker of Zelnorm -- to pull the drug from the market because of evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But in July 2007 the FDA ruled that Zelnorm may be used by some patients in critical need of the drug who do not ha

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  4. Tips for Traveling With IBS

    Visions of vacations dance in many heads at this time of year. But if you're one of the estimated 58 million people in the U.S. with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the idea may sound torturous. It's bad enough to worry about recurring symptoms of bloating, gas, stomach cramping, constipation, or di

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  5. Paxil May Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    May 10, 2004 -- The antidepressant drug Paxil may help some people with irritable bowel syndrome feel better. A new clinical study shows that Paxil, a type of drug called an SSRI, improves some irritable bowel symptoms. Although Paxil is mainly used to treat depression and anxiety, none of the patie

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  6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Runs in Family

    Dec. 18, 2003 -- Irritable bowel syndrome runs in families, a telephone survey indicates. Irritable bowel syndrome isn't a single disease. It's a collection of symptoms that include abdominal pain or discomfort and constipation and/or diarrhea -- as many as one in five Americans reports some of thes

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  7. Combo Treatment Best for IBS

    Nov. 3, 2003 -- Since 1983, several studies have shown that months of psychotherapy can help some patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common yet baffling intestinal disorder believed to be largely influenced by stress and anxiety. But a 50% reduction in symptoms after just two weeks? Tha

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  8. Hypnosis May Be Useful IBS Treatment

    Oct. 21, 2003 -- A new study shows hypnosis may be an effective, long-term therapy for the poorly understood and hard-to-treat gastrointestinal disorder known as irritable bowel syndrome. In the largest long-term study of hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to date, seven out of 10 patie

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  9. Many Patients Have Dual Gastric Woes

    Oct. 14, 2003 (Baltimore) -- It's a double whammy. Doctors report that nearly three-fourths of people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome also have indigestion. Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a disorder with no specific cause characterized by mid-abdominal pain, bloating, and difficul

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  10. Zelnorm Deemed Safe for IBS Constipation

    Editor's Note: In March 2007 the FDA asked Novartis -- the maker of Zelnorm -- to pull the drug from the market because of evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But in July 2007 the FDA ruled that Zelnorm may be used by some patients in critical need of the drug who do not ha

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