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Q. Prebiotics? Probiotics? What is the difference? And what are the most important ingredients? There are so many companies making them that it is hard to know which one to take. A. Prebiotics are complex carbohydrates that are consumed to... (Read More)
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Q. How do I get off Nexium? My doctor had me taking it twice a day and told me to cut back to one. I've had terrible heartburn, even though I started taking Zantac. Do you have any tips for... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from frequent bellyaches, gas and fatigue for years. I chalked these symptoms up to stress, but when my poop started to float I wondered if I needed a gluten-free diet. Getting off gluten helped, but not... (Read More)
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Q. My acupuncturist recommended the probiotic Lactobacillus GG for my recurrent depression. After a week, it seems to be making a difference. It has also helped with my intermittent nighttime reflux. Have you ever heard of probiotics for depression? A.... (Read More)
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Young children frequently suffer from eczema. This skin condition, also known as atopic dermatitis, can cause redness, itching and significant discomfort. It is notoriously difficult to treat. Dermatologists from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine analyzed 21 studies... (Read More)
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Surgery is frequently the preferred treatment for colorectal cancer, but it can result in postsurgical infections and even sepsis. Chinese scientists have identified a protein called zonulin produced by the body that regulates what can get through the lining of... (Read More)
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Ask a pediatrician how to treat a child's cold, and you'll probably learn that there are few, if any, medicines that speed recovery or even ease symptoms. Dextromethorphan (abbreviated DM) is the main ingredient in most OTC cough remedies. Despite... (Read More)
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College dormitories are breeding grounds for colds and other upper respiratory infections. The young people in them live in close quarters and are often sleep-deprived. But research suggests that probiotics may increase their resistance to these viruses. Almost 200... (Read More)
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Q. I have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for two years. I have constipation (can't "go" for a week). When I finally can go, I can't stop. At that point the stool is soft and runny. I also have cramps,... (Read More)
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Q. I've had 20 years of trial and error in fighting constipation. I am lean and fit and have a very healthy lifestyle. I was disappointed to see your suggestions for a constipated reader were more of the same--just fiber-related... (Read More)
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Bathroom functions make us uncomfortable and as a result people tend to crack jokes about them. Euphemisms for diarrhea--the runs, the trots, Montezuma's revenge or the squirts--tend to minimize digestive distress. Diarrhea, however, is no laughing matter. Far too often... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from debilitating diarrhea for years and no one (including my doctors) has come up with a cure. I have taken many different medications with no beneficial results. Do you have any suggestions? I am getting desperate!... (Read More)
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Q. Your advice on getting off acid-suppressing drugs (PPIs) makes it clear you've never experienced rebound reflux. I am a nurse, and I take omeprazole, lansoprazole or whatever other PPI I can get. I just laughed at your suggestion that... (Read More)
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Probiotics may help children as well as grownups fight off colds and other upper respiratory tract infections. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of 14 randomized controlled studies carried out around the world. The review was conducted by the... (Read More)
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Q. I am having a problem with gas and am at my wits' end. I am really desperate for something that will work. I am taking sertraline for depression and wonder if that could be a factor. I am not... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 51-year-old female who has been plagued with persistent eczema. The skin on my hands was always red, itchy, cracked and often bleeding. My hands were always covered with bandages or gauze. Dermatologists prescribed cortisone creams of... (Read More)
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Q. For twenty-five years I have suffered with acid reflux and have taken strong acid-suppressing drugs, both prescription and over the counter. I have also suffered five fractures at different times and have osteoporosis of the spine. I had been... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking either Prilosec or Nexium for over seven years for reflux. No one seems concerned about it but me. I would like to get off "the purple pill" but I can only go for a few... (Read More)
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