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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Defined by Symptoms, Relieved Through Trust and Patience

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Irritable bowel syndrome racks up an impact on healthcare spending and quality of life: costing more than $20 billion a year in treatment and many missed work days.

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The Medical Minute: IBD Affects Children Differently Than Adults

Occasional stomach aches are part of life. But when they continue for more than a few weeks, come back often or are accompanied by bloody stools and additional symptoms, the cause could be inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD.

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Crohn’s Disease Not Exempt From Racial Disparities

A study published recently in the IBD Journal found significant differences in hospital readmissions, medication usage, and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn’s disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital readmissions because of Crohn’s disease compared to white children.

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NYU Langone Gastroenterologists Remind You of the Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention for Colon Cancer Month

Gastroenterologists at NYU Langone Medical Center provide tips for when, who, and how to get screened for colorectal cancer.

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Curb Overuse of Antibiotics to Reduce Drug-Resistant Superbug

An aggressive campaign to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics has helped cut the rate of infection with a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, by nearly 40 percent.

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Widely Used Food Additive Promotes Colitis, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, Research Shows

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Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, new research shows.

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7 Tips for Nurturing the Gut Microbiome

Increased awareness of the importance of digestive health has quickly turned into a multi-million dollar industry. According to Global Industry Analysts, the probiotics market is expected to exceed $29 billion by 2015 and expected to rise 7 percent a year over the next five years.

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Loyola Gastroenterology Team Identifies and Cures Rare Swallowing Disorder

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Mukund Venu, MD, is a gastroenterologist who specializes in swallowing disorders at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. “Ron had a rare condition called achalasia, where the esophagus fails to deliver food in to the stomach when eating,” says Venu. “The nerve cells of the esophagus degenerate and cause failure of the normal swallowing process.”

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Another Breastfeeding Benefit: Preparing Baby’s Belly for Solid Food

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Researchers found that a baby’s diet during the first few months of life has a profound influence on the composition, diversity, and stability of the gut microbiome. These factors influence the baby’s ability to transition from milk to solid foods and may have long-term health effects.