Health News

Yogurt Takes the Edge off Antibiotics
Diarrhea is a side effect of antibiotics killing off beneficial GI bacteria as well as pathogens. A review of recent research may shine light on a new solution to this problem.
Proton Pump Inhibitors and Stomach Acid
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that the use of stomach acid drugs known as proton pump inhibitors ( PPIs ) may be associated with an increased risk of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea ( CDAD ).
Using Opium Painkillers to Treat Stomach Pain
Many Americans battle chronic abdominal pain, which may be a symptom of serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, or gallstones. However, experts are worried that doctors are over-prescribing opioid painkillers for the pain, especially if another medication is a better option.
Colon Cleansing Clogged
Commitment to regular bowel movements can sometimes lead one to take extreme measures. Many herbal products offer quick fixes to get the system to speed up.
Bowel Incontinence Options
With age, people often over-emphasize the importance of bowel movements. An absence of a daily movement can lead to panic and stress. What about those that have the opposite problem?
Vaccine for Kids Rocks
Rotavirus can happen to anyone, but is most dangerous for infants and the elderly. A vaccine is now available for young children between the ages of 6 and 12 weeks.
FDA approves treatment for Clostridium difficile infection
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Dificid ( fidaxomicin ) tablets for the treatment of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea ( CDAD ).
Gut Goes Crazy from Exercise
Endurance athletes are know to push their bodies to the limit. This may be the reason that the most common health issues of endurance athletes are overuse injuries. However, heartburn problems are becoming common among these athletes.
New Test Detecting Diarrhea-Causing Infection
The FDA has approved a test that detects an infection that causes diarrhea, other intestinal problems and sometimes death.
Cutting Out those Gut Feelings
According to results from two recent clinical trials, the antibiotic rifaximin offers substantial relief from symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.