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FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fecal transplants -- transferring fecal matter from a healthy person into an ill person with a compromised "microbiome" -- is an increasingly used new treatment for a variety of ills.

But on Thursday federal health officials announced that a patient died after such a procedure, highlighting the potential for severe infections linked to fecal t...

THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who use common heartburn drugs for months to years may face heightened risks of dying from heart disease, kidney failure or stomach cancer, a new study suggests.

The study included more than 200,000 U.S. veterans. It's the latest to raise concerns over drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They include prescription and over-the-c...

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists suspect that your gut microbiome -- the mix of bacteria that inhabit your intestines -- affects your health in many ways, but a surprising new finding suggests that a healthy microbiome may even ease the symptoms of autism.

The small study of 18 children with autism who also had severe digestive problems found that a fecal transpla...

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- About 100 kids a day are rushed to U.S. emergency rooms after accidentally swallowing a toy piece, battery, magnet or other foreign object, according to new research.

That's almost twice as many as in the mid-1990s.

"The sheer number of these injuries is cause for concern," said Dr. Danielle Orsagh-Yentis, lead author of the study p...

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 90 percent of the medications that Americans take contain an inactive ingredient that could cause an allergic reaction, a new study suggests.

Lactose, peanut oil, gluten and chemical dyes are added to drugs to improve taste, prolong shelf life, improve absorption or make the drug tamper-proof, researchers explained. But they can ...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Has a high-fat meal ever left you feeling bloated and sluggish? It turns out that a heavier fat diet may keep the many bacteria that live in your digestive system from doing their best, too.

New research found that when people boosted their fat intake to 40 percent of their daily diet for six months, the number of "good" gut bacteria decre...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An imbalance in the gut "microbiome" of people with lupus may be driving the chronic autoimmune disease as well as its flare-ups, new research suggests.

The microbiome is the trillions of helpful bacteria that coexist in the human digestive tract and elsewhere in the body.

Comparing gut bacteria from lupus patients with bacteria f...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An expandable pill that can stay in the stomach for a month could help diagnose and monitor a myriad of gastro ills, a new study in pigs suggests.

The pill has a Jell-O-like consistency. Once it reaches the stomach, it quickly swells to the size of a ping-pong ball and is resistant to the stomach's roiling acidic environment, according to t...

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease triggering pain and bloody stools, and it can raise the odds for colon cancer.

But now, research suggests that fecal transplants -- basically, delivering a healthy person's stool into the colitis patient's digestive tract -- may be an effective treatment.

The Australian team...

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine-laden energy drinks are popular, but they might make your blood vessels less efficient, a small study suggests.

These drinks -- sold as Monster and Red Bull, to name two -- have been linked to heart, nerve and stomach problems, researchers say.

"A lot of young kids use energy drinks when they exercise, a time when you need ...

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism or developmental delays may be at increased risk for obesity, a new study finds.

The study included nearly 2,500 2- to 5-year-olds in the United States. Of those, 668 children had autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 914 had developmental delays; and a control group of 884 children had neither.

Compared to the contro...

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a good chance a dose of tiny plastic particles has taken up residence in your gut, a new, small study argues.

Microplastics, as they are called, were found in stool samples from a handful of volunteers located across Europe and Asia, researchers report.

Every single person out of the group of 8 had microplastics in their sto...

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The gluten-free diet craze is both reassuring and upsetting to people with celiac disease who are allergic to the nutrient, a small study suggests.

People with celiac disease say they're happy to have more food choices at stores and restaurants. But some with celiac sense a growing stigma as other people voluntarily go gluten-free. And many ...

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 colon or rectal cancer cases in the United States. They found a significant association between rates of these cancers and infection with a virulent strain o...

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Deep space travel has been shown to harm astronauts' eyes, muscles, hearts and immune systems. Now, new animal research suggests that venturing beyond Earth's protective atmosphere could also damage their gastrointestinal tracts.

"We have documented the effects of deep space radiation on some vital organs, but we believe that similar damage res...

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could baby poop hold the key to a healthy gut?

A new study suggests that might be the case.

An analysis of fecal samples collected from the diapers of 34 healthy infants identified 10 strains of gut bacteria that may boost the body's production of short-chain fatty acids.

"Short-chain fatty acids are a key component of good...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The agony of severe diarrhea can make some people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) wish they were dead.

So claims a new survey that reveals the mental and physical fallout from the chronic disease.

"IBS can be an extremely tough, emotional and difficult condition to live with and, in addition to dedicating resources to improve ...

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fizzy, fermented kombucha tea is the hot new health drink.

But experts say it's not clear whether the bacteria-laden beverage lives up to all of its health claims.

Proponents say kombucha's powerful probiotics can help improve digestion, promote your immune response and reduce inflammation in your body by introducing healthy bacte...

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is it safe to go in the water this summer? Not if microscopic germs like E. coli or cryptosporidium are swimming in the pool with you, U.S. health officials warn.

"These germs make people sick when they swallow water contaminated with poop," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated frankly in a news release on Thursday.

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A belt that wraps around your stomach and listens for the telltale sounds of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may make it easier to spot the notoriously elusive disease.

"IBS is difficult to diagnose because it affects the function of the gut, rather than causing an obvious physical change," explained study lead researcher Barry Marshall. He's p...

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fecal transplant is considered the best treatment for one of the most dangerous intestinal infections around, and it is being tested as a potential cure for many other illnesses.

But these transplants require that healthy people donate stool samples, and a new study shows that expanding the donor pool could be challenging.

People who...

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Someday doctors may be able to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) problems without invasive tests by asking patients to swallow a capsule containing a small, bacteria-laced sensor.

The so-called "bacteria on a chip" method pairs tiny electronic sensors with laboratory-enhanced bacteria that react to bleeding in the stomach and other GI disturbanc...

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Globally, more than one in 10 patients develops a surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation, a new study finds.

Rates vary widely, with overuse of antibiotics in poorer countries likely contributing to higher prevalence, the researchers said.

"Worldwide, large amounts of antibiotics were consumed to prevent and tre...

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far.

South Korean health officials said Thursday that the new cases included members of the Pyeongchang Olympics Organizing Committee, as well as on-site personnel...

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Popping certain heartburn drugs like they're candy might up your odds for stomach cancer, new research suggests.

The risk was proportionate to how long and how often these drugs, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), were taken. That risk increased anywhere from two to eight times, the study authors said.

Although the relative risk...

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After a severe traumatic injury, the composition of a patient's intestinal bacteria quickly changes -- a phenomenon that could affect the patient's prognosis, new research suggests.

The finding that the gut's so-called "microbiome" experiences a depletion in the presence of some bacteria and an increase in the presence of others came from a ...

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face an increased risk of cancer, a new study claims.

The risk persists into adulthood, and is especially elevated for gastrointestinal cancers, the researchers added.

The "extent and duration of chronic inflammation might be the main driving mechanisms underlying the increased risk o...

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief similar to widely used medications for people with acid reflux, a new study suggests.

The study looked at close to 200 patients at one medical center who had been diagnosed with laryngopharyngeal reflux.

It's a condition where stomach acids habitually back up into the throat, and it's dis...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even if local health officials say it's safe, cloudy drinking water may have the potential to cause vomiting and diarrhea, a new research review finds.

Researchers looked at past North American and European studies exploring the link between water cloudiness, or turbidity, and tummy troubles.

"More than 10 studies found a link bet...

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say one dose of cholera vaccine appears to provide about the same protection as the standard two doses, at least for the first six months.

They also found that cholera vaccines are highly effective in adults but less so in young children, who are at particular risk of death from the disease.

The review of seven clinical ...

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Recurring Clostridium difficile intestinal infections are rising sharply in the United States, researchers warn.

These infections sicken about 500,000 people a year, cause tens of thousands of deaths, and cost the U.S. health care system about $5 billion, according to investigators at the University of Pennsylvania.

C. diffi...

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've come closer to pinpointing genes linked with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.

For the study, the investigators examined the genomes of nearly 68,000 people. Of the regions of the genome associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), 18 could be traced to a single genetic variant w...

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 20 percent of U.S. hospital patients who receive antibiotics experience side effects from the drugs, researchers report.

The new study included nearly 1,500 hospitalized adults who were prescribed antibiotics. The findings revealed that one-fifth of those who experienced antibiotic-related side effects didn't require the drugs in the ...

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gallbladder removal may not always necessary for gallstone pancreatitis, a new study suggests.

Gallstone pancreatitis occurs when one or more gallstones gets stuck in a duct in the pancreas. This blocks pancreatic enzymes from leaving the pancreas and traveling to the small intestine to aid in digestion. When those enzymes back up into the pan...