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Health Tip: Should I Talk to my Doctor About Gas?

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

-- While everyone has intestinal gas, some people have severe bloating that causes discomfort and other problems. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs that you may need to see a doctor: Intestinal gas that is persistent and severe. Intestinal gas that occurs with vomiting. Long-term diarrhea, bloody stool or constipation. Weight loss for no apparent reason. Heartburn. Read more

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Many Doctors Work While Sick, Survey Shows

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – Many health care professionals work when they are sick, putting their patients at risk for serious illness or even death, new research suggests. The danger is greatest for patients with weakened immune systems, and the study authors noted that these practices also increase health care costs. Since the consequences of these types of infections can be significant, the researchers wanted to know why health care professionals didn't stay home when they were ill. So, they surveyed doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and midwives. A team of researchers, led by Julia Szymczak of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, received anonymous responses from more than 500 health care professionals. The vast majority of those surveyed (95 percent) believed that working while sick put their patients at risk. Still, 83 percent admitted to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Swimming Pools Can Harbor Germs

Posted 18 May 2015 by

-- While most swimming pools contain chemicals to help kill germs, these germ-destroyers may not be 100 percent effective all the time. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Shower to help rinse off germs before you get into the water. Never urinate or pass a bowel movement in swimming water. If you have diarrhea, don't go swimming. Never drink pool water. Every hour, have kids get out of the pool for a bathroom break or diaper change. Make sure chlorine and pH levels are safe before anyone gets in the water. Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Diarrhea From Chemo

Posted 15 May 2015 by

-- Chemotherapy treatment can lead to a host of digestive problems, including diarrhea. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Eat smaller meals more frequently. To replace the salt you've lost, snack on small amounts of pretzels or crackers. Sip on a non-caffeinated beverage throughout the day. Drink juices that are lower in acid, such as pear, apricot or peach nectar. Drink fluids between meals, instead of with them. Read more

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Fecal Transplant Helps Fight Off Dangerous Gut Infection: Review

Posted 4 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – Though saddled with an undeniable "yuck factor," fecal transplantation appears to be a safe and effective way to combat a serious intestinal infection, according to a new review. Fecal transplantation, also known as fecal bacteriotherapy, is a procedure that involves the removal of stool from a healthy donor and infusion of that stool – and all the healthy bacteria it contains – into the microbial environment of the sick patient. Specifically, the review found that for recurrent infections caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the intervention is successful 85 percent of the time. Fecal transplants also helped 55 percent of patients for whom standard drug treatments didn't work. C. difficile can be picked up in hospitals and doctors' offices, and in 2011 the bacteria was to blame for 500,000 infections and 29,000 deaths, according to the ... Read more

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Travelers Bringing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to United States

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – A drug-resistant strain of bacteria that causes diarrhea is spreading in the United States, federal health officials warned Thursday. Travelers are bringing a drug-resistant strain of the Shigella sonnei bacteria to the United States and spreading it to other people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These outbreaks show a troubling trend in Shigella infections in the United States," Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director, said in an agency news release. The CDC said that S. sonnei bacteria resistant to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (Cipro) sickened 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico between May 2014 and February 2015. Shigella, which causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States every year, spreads easily from person to person through contaminated food and water. The bacteria can spread especially quickly among ... Read more

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Autism Tied to Higher Risk for Gut Troubles in Children

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – Children with autism tend to have more gastrointestinal problems early in life compared to other children, a new study finds. Researchers compared these GI symptoms – such as diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/intolerance – during the first three years of life among three groups of Norwegian children. One group included 195 children with autism, another included more than 4,600 children with developmental delays, and the third group included more than 40,000 children who developed typically. Compared to those with typical development, children with autism were more likely to have constipation and diarrhea when they were ages 6 months to 18 months, and more likely to have diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/intolerance when they were ages 18 months to 36 months, the researchers said. Children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely ... Read more

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Vaccine for Infant Tummy Bug Cuts Hospitalizations: CDC

Posted 9 Jun 2014 by

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 – Since the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in 2006, the number of kids hospitalized for severe diarrhea has dropped dramatically, a new study finds. Rotavirus is a common cause of sometimes severe gastrointestinal infections in babies and young children. However, by 2009-2010, hospitalizations for rotavirus among children under 5 had been reduced by 94 percent due to widespread vaccination, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. "We looked at the impact of rotavirus vaccines, comparing hospitalizations and emergency department visits during the years after the vaccine was introduced, to the years before the vaccine was introduced," said lead researcher, CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, Dr. Eyal Leshem. "We saw a substantial reduction in hospitalizations, emergency department visits and outpatient visits after the ... Read more

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Bowel Issues Affect 3 Out of 4 Pregnant Women

Posted 24 May 2013 by

FRIDAY, May 24 – Nearly three out of four pregnant women experience bowel problems such as constipation and diarrhea, but these issues don't significantly affect their quality of life, a new study finds. Researchers from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., noted that these bowel issues are due to physiological and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Nutritional supplements that women take during pregnancy also can play a role. The study authors added that since women expect these problems to arise during pregnancy, they're better able to tolerate them. The study included 104 women in their first trimester of pregnancy and 66 women in their third trimester. They completed two questionnaires: one asking about the bowel disorders they experienced and another on how these problems affected their quality of life. Specifically, the women were asked if their bowel ... Read more

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Fulyzaq Approved for Diarrhea in People With HIV/AIDS

Posted 2 Jan 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2 – The first medication to treat diarrhea in people with HIV/AIDS who take antiretroviral drugs has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Fulyzaq (crofelemer) is sanctioned for people whose diarrhea is not caused by an infection or gastrointestinal disorder but by the antiretroviral drugs used to combat HIV/AIDS, the FDA said in a news release. The drug is derived from the red sap of the Croton lechleri plant. Fulyzaq's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in a clinical study involving 374 people who were HIV-positive, on stable drug therapy and who had had diarrhea for one month or longer. About 17.6 percent of people who took Fulyzaq had a positive "clinical response," compared with a positive response among 8 percent of people who took a placebo. All participants in the study were tested to confirm that their symptoms were not caused by an ... Read more

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FDA Approves Fulyzaq - First Anti-Diarrheal Drug for HIV/AIDS Patients

Posted 31 Dec 2012 by

December 31, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Fulyzaq (crofelemer) to relieve symptoms of diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients taking antiretroviral therapy, a combination of medicines used to treat HIV infection. Diarrhea is experienced by many HIV/AIDS patients and is a common reason why patients discontinue or switch their antiretroviral therapies. Fulyzaq is intended to be used in HIV/AIDS patients whose diarrhea is not caused by an infection from a virus, bacteria, or parasite. Patients take Fulyzaq two times a day to manage watery diarrhea due to the secretion of electrolytes and water in the gastrointestinal tract. Derived from the red sap of the Croton lechleri plant, Fulyzaq is the second botanical prescription drug approved by FDA. A botanical drug product is often a complex mixture derived from one or more plant materials with varying degrees of ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Diarrhea, drug-induced, HIV/AIDS, HIV

FDA Warns Against Use of Diarrhea Drug From El Salvador

Posted 19 Sep 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19 – Consumers should not use a drug product called Intestinomicina – marketed as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections – because it contains an ingredient that can cause serious and potentially deadly problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. People who bought Intestinomicina should immediately stop taking it and consult with a health care provider, the FDA said in a safety alert issued Tuesday. Intestinomicina, which is made in El Salvador, contains a prescription drug ingredient called chloramphenicol. Earlier this year, in July, oral forms of chloramphenicol were taken off the U.S. market due to the risk of serious health problems. The most dangerous threat associated with oral chloramphenicol is bone marrow toxicity, which occurs when the body does not produce enough red blood cells, white blood cells and/or ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Intestinomicina (contains chloramphenicol) by Laboratorios Lopez: Safety Alert - Contains Drug Ingredient Withdrawn from US

Posted 19 Sep 2012 by

ISSUE: FDA is warning consumers not to use Intestinomicina, a drug product manufactured in El Salvador and marketed as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections. Intestinominica contains the prescription drug ingredient, chloramphenicol. Oral forms of chloramphenicol were formally withdrawn from the United States market in July 2012 due to the risk of serious and life threatening injuries. The most serious and life-threatening injury associated with oral chloramphenicol treatment is bone marrow toxicity, which occurs when the body does not produce enough red blood cells, white blood cells, and/or platelets. Certain types of bone marrow toxicity are reversible; however, in rare circumstances it can lead to death. Patients with anemia, low white or red blood cell count, or decreased blood platelets may be at a greater risk of death or serious injury. ... Read more

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Probiotic Products May Prevent Antibiotic-Linked Diarrhea

Posted 8 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 8 – Consuming probiotic-rich foods may decrease the risk of diarrhea for patients who are taking antibiotics, a new study suggests. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are found naturally in foods such as yogurt and are believed to provide health benefits. About 30 percent of patients who take antibiotics will experience diarrhea because the drugs disrupt gastrointestinal microbes, and diarrhea is one of the main reasons people don't adhere to antibiotic treatment. "Diarrhea is a common problem in patients receiving antibiotic therapy and may limit their use," said Dr. David Bernstein, chief of hepatology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. Bernstein was not involved in the new study. "While these antibiotics treat the underlying infection, they also alter the normal gut [microbes], which leads to diarrhea," Bernstein said. "Replacing [the microbes] ... Read more

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Children Usually Excluded From Clinical Drug Trials: Study

Posted 30 Apr 2012 by

MONDAY, April 30 – Children are more likely than adults to suffer from a number of diseases, but few clinical trials are conducted to test new drugs in children with these conditions, researchers have found. In a new study, researchers looked at all clinical trials registered worldwide from 2006 to 2011 for drugs to treat these common conditions: asthma, migraine headaches, schizophrenia, depression, diarrheal illness, lower respiratory infection, malaria, bipolar disorder and HIV/AIDS. While children account for 60 percent of the patients with these conditions, only 12 percent of the clinical drug trials involved children, the investigators found. The gap was widest for conditions that are widespread in low- and middle-income countries. Clinical drug trials in children are important because youngsters often respond differently to medications than adults, the study authors pointed out ... Read more

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