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  • Probiotics or prebiotics? Exploring the complex world of 'gut' health

    A healthy person has a general balance of good and bad bacteria. But that balance is thrown off when someone gets sick. So, to help boost their levels of good bacteria, many people take probiotic supplements—live bacteria inside of a pill. Various commercial probiotic supplements are available for consumer purchase, and while health experts generally agree about their overall safety, controversy surrounds their efficacy.

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  • Heartburn (acid reflux) treatments

    Treatment of acid reflux mainly relies on lifestyle changes that prevent attacks. Acid reflux is one of the most common digestive disorders and affects millions of people worldwide at some point in their lives.

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  • Heartburn (acid reflux) prevention

    Heartburn and acid reflux can be prevented by several simple lifestyle changes.

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  • Gut microbiota reveals whether drug therapies work in inflammatory bowel diseases

    A study indicates that the gut microbiota of patients suffering from inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders can be used to predict whether they will benefit from expensive therapies. The study also confirms the key role of therapies that have a beneficial effect on the gut microbiota in inflammatory bowel diseases.

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  • What to know about anti-reflux surgery

    In most cases, GERD is a chronic condition that people must manage throughout their lives. While a change in diet and anti-acid medications are usually prescribed as the first line of defense, anti-reflux surgery is also an option that can result in better control of symptoms.

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