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Trending Stories Report for 18 June 2015

Topics include: A bioengineered patch to improve stem cell therapy for heart patients, Antacid meds raise risk of C. Diff. bacteria infection in kids, nutrition, new treatments for aggressive breast cancer, lab tests, genetic risks.

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Zebrafish Provide a Novel Model to Study Short Bowel Syndrome

Investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are providing new hope for babies with short bowel syndrome (SBS) by developing a novel model of SBS in zebrafish, described in a paper published online on June 18 by the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.

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Acid-Reducing Medications Sharply Raise Risk of C. Diff. Bacteria Infection in Kids

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Infants and children who are given prescription acid-reducing medications face a substantially higher risk of developing Clostridium difficile infection, a potentially severe colonic disorder.

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Heart Attack Risk Increases 16-21% with Use of Common Antacid

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Adults who use proton pump inhibitors are between 16 and 21 percent more likely to experience a heart attack than people who don't use the commonly prescribed antacid drugs, according to a massive new study by Houston Methodist and Stanford University scientists.

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Probiotics: Hype or Help?

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Christine Hachem, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University, reports that patients seem to be embracing probiotics, even as antibiotic use is increasing and over-utilized.

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Non-Invasive Acupoint Stimulation May be a New Bioelectronics Approach to Crohn’s Disease

U.S. and Chinese researchers have begun a controlled clinical trial in Crohn's disease using surface electrodes daily to stimulate an acupuncture point on the stomach meridian that was shown to reduce vagal imbalance in preclinical studies. Restoring vagal balance is known to reduce intestinal inflammation.

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Boosting Gut Bacteria Defense System May Lead to Better Treatments for Bloodstream Infections

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An upset in the body’s natural balance of gut bacteria that may lead to life-threatening bloodstream infections can be reversed by enhancing a specific immune defense response, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

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Biomarker Advances in Gastroenterology Highlighted, New Data Unveiled in Special Issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology

Biomarker advances in gastroenterology are highlighted in a special June issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology, which also provides new data on how these advances can help the clinician in a wide variety of gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases.

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Trending Stories Report for 27 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: genetics, cancer, nanotech, elderly care, marketing research, energy, children's health, and immunology.

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Toddler Temperament Could Be Influenced by Different Types of Gut Bacteria

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The microbiome of a toddler’s gut may influence their behavior, a new study suggests. Scientists found correlations between temperament and the presence of specific types of intestinal bacteria in both girls and boys. The researchers aren’t looking for a way to help parents modify the ‘terrible twos,’ but for clues about how - and where - chronic illnesses like obesity, asthma, allergies and bowel diseases start.