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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Health Center

News and Features Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  1. Real Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    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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  2. Peppermint Oil Soothes Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Kids

    Feb. 13, 2001 -- Over the past 4,000 years, many claims have been made about the medicinal benefits of peppermint oil. But a new study shows that its curative powers may not just be folklore after all. Researchers have found that using peppermint oil helps relieve pain in children suffering from a s

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  3. Breath Test Helps Sniff Out Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Dec. 13, 2000 -- Up to 80% of all irritable bowel syndrome sufferers may be infected with bacteria that overgrows in the intestines. And researchers found that a special breathalyzer test can detect the condition, which is treatable with antibiotics. "This is very dramatic, in my opinion," says lead

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  4. IBS Drug Withdrawn After Less Than a Year on the Market

    Nov. 28, 2000 (Washington) -- The first of a new class of drugs being developed to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has been withdrawn from the U.S. market less than a year since its approval. Glaxo Wellcome, the U.K.-based drug manufacturer, said Tuesday that it would immediately withdraw its h

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  5. More Upsetting News About Irritable Bowel Treatment

    Oct. 31, 2000 (Washington) -- Following 49 reports of a serious bowel condition called ischemic colitis and five reported deaths among people taking Lotronex, a drug for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), U.S. health officials are re-evaluating the risks and benefits of the drug. Though the FDA has yet

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  6. You've Got Your Mother's Eyes -- and Her Upset Stomach

    Sept. 21, 2000 -- As the second leading cause of missing work and close to 35 million Americans suffering its effects, it's no wonder that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is gaining attention from the public, and most importantly, the medical community who may be one step closer to determining its ca

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  7. New Irritable Bowel Disease Treatments Aim for the Gut

    Aug. 24, 2000 -- The thousands of Americans who suffer from irritable bowel disease (IBD) could one day get relief in the form of a harmless bacteria that can deliver medicine right to the intestines, where it's needed. Up to a million people in the U.S. have IBD, in the form of Crohn's disease or u

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  8. Behavioral Therapy Can Help Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    May 9, 2000 -- People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who are given behavioral therapy along with standard medical treatment say they feel better than people who get medical treatment alone, a new study has found. "The data provide evidence that the combination of medical treatment plus ... beha

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  9. Don't Let Vitamin D Level Dip If You Have Bowel Disease

    April 18, 2000 -- People with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, two types of inflammatory bowel disease, may have worse symptoms if don't get enough vitamin D, animal studies suggest. Research presented this week at an experimental biology meeting showed that mice genetically engineered to deve

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