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Gastrointestinal Health
 
Drug May Be New Weapon Against a 'Superbug'...
SOURCES: Mark Wilcox, M.D., professor, medical microbiology, University of Leeds, U.K.; Johan Bakken, M.D., former president, Infectious Diseases Society of America; Jan. 26, 2017, New England Journal of Medicine
1/25/2017

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 -- A newly approved drug may help in the battle against Clostridium difficile -- a potentially fatal "superbug" gut infection that has become a scourge in U.S. hospitals.

In two clinical trials, researchers found that the drug, called bezlotoxumab (Zinpla...

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Gut Bacteria May Link Diet, Colon Cancer, Study Says...
SOURCES: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, news release, Jan. 26, 2017
1/26/2017

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 -- Researchers think they know why a diet high in whole grains and fiber might lower the risk of certain types of colon cancer.

The mechanism behind this link appears to be a type of intestinal bacteria, the Boston research team said.

Specifically, they loo...

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Trulance Approved for Chronic Constipation...
1/20/2017

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 -- Trulance (plecanatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat persistent constipation of unknown (idiopathic) cause in adults.

Some 42 million people in the United States are affected by constipation, according to the National Institut...

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