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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. IBS: What It's Like

      Aug. 20, 2009 -- People with IBS suffer pain and greatly reduced quality of life -- but what hurts most is when family, friends, and doctors don't think their suffering is legitimate. Irritable bowel syndrome greatly disrupts the lives of people who suffer from it. But unlike other gut diseases, suc

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    9. 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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    10. 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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