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    News and Features Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    1. FDA Issues Warning About IBS Drug Zelnorm

      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. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Return of the Controversial Bowel Drug

      June 7, 2002 -- It's never happened before. A drug withdrawn after patient deaths is back on the market. The drug is Lotronex, originally approved for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). After only eight months on the market, the drug was linked to at least four deaths and nearly 200 se

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    8. Irritable Bowel Drug May Come Back

      April 23, 2002 -- Is Lotronex a lifesaving remedy or a deadly drug? An FDA advisory committee today said it is both. It recommends resuming sale of the drug -- with strict limits. Whether Lotronex maker GlaxoSmithKline will agree to the restrictions remains to be seen. The committee's final proposal

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    9. FDA Seeks Comments on IBS Drug

      Jan. 25, 2002 -- In response to repeated requests from people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the FDA is now re-examining the status of the controversial drug Lotronex. According to a letter sent to patients by the FDA's Division of Drug Information, a tentative meeting has been set for April 2

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    10. Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel

      Aug. 23, 2001 -- Relax, you're getting sleepy ... very sleepy. That may sound like a Hollywood cliché -- the glassy-eyed subject lulled by a swinging watch -- but some researchers believe the peaceful state achieved in hypnosis can help people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. At a meeting th

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