Tag: gut bacteria

Prolonged Use of PPIs Questioned

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are taken to reduce the pain of heartburn, peptic ulcers, and to relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD. Once available only by prescription, they are now sold over-the-counter under such brand names as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. They are generally meant to be taken

Slash Colon Cancer Risk With 4 Healthy Eating Tips

Scientists are studying how avoiding excess inflammation, keeping a healthy population of gut bacteria, limiting carcinogen exposure, and supporting normal cell processes may all guard against colon cancer, one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Fortunately, eating choices can provide protection on multiple fronts.

“Inflammation is one of several hallmarks

Ulcerative Colitis: Avoid Certain Foods During Flare-Ups

People with the digestive disease ulcerative colitis (UC) have learned the hard way that eating certain foods can make symptoms worse.
“What you eat directly affects gut inflammation, your immune system, and your gut bacteria,” says Colleen Webb, RDN, a dietitian at Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Nourishing Your Microbiota

Microbes—bacteria and other tiny critters not visible to the naked eye but numbering in the trillions—are busy in your body. Many of these microbes benefit you. Others have the potential to cause harm. This community of microbes is called the microbiota. Their genes are called the microbiome.
“In recent years, we’ve

Newsbriefs: COPD Treatment; Intestinal Infection Treatment

COPD Treatment Guidelines Revised.
The Global Initiative for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) released revised and updated recommendations for assessing COPD, therapies, nonpharmacologic therapies and COPD and common comorbidities, its third revision since 2001. Highlights of the report include recommendations to 1) separate spirometric values

Constipation Remedies Needed? Try Magnesium

Constipation Remedies Needed? Try Magnesium

Although constipation is a symptom of an underlying problem that should be addressed, sometimes urgent action is required to move things along. This simple, safe mineral is one of the best constipation remedies.

Beware the Bug: C-Diff Symptoms and Treatments

Beware the Bug: C-Diff Symptoms and Treatments

Scientists attribute C-diff’s spread to unnecessary and incorrect use of antibiotics, which can wipe out beneficial bacteria in the gut, opening an opportunity for C. difficile to infect the colon. While C-diff isn’t (yet) drug-resistant, stronger strains of this bacteria are emerging, and the CDC recently identified it as one

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