New Study Links Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis to Anxiety

A new study that was recently published in the online journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases shows that people with inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are at an increased risk of experiencing anxiety disorders, especially women. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are disease that cause chronic inflammation is the digestive tract. The study examined…

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New Way to Test for Esophageal Cancer

A new way to test for esophageal cancer is being studied.  Researchers are using a something called a Cytosponge to test tissue cells from the esophagus to detect esophageal cancer.  The Cytosponge is a vitamin like capsule that is attached to a sting. The physician will have the patient swallow the capsule while holding onto…

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FDA Approves Two New IBS Medications

The FDA recently approved two new prescription medications to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea.  Viberzi (eluxadoline) and Xifaxan (rifaximin) are the two new recently approved medications.  Viberzi helps to reduce bowel contractions, which leads to less diarrhea. Xifaxan is an antibiotic which works to change your gut bacteria and reduce diarrhea.   According to the…

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Fecal Transplants Shown to be Successful in Treating Intestional Infection

New research conducted by the University of Minnesota reports that fecal transplants have been successful in treating Clostridium difficile, a serious gut infection.  Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is an infection which causes diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, and kills thousands of people worldwide each year.  Experts believe that the infection overwhelms the good bacteria that…

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