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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Do you have ongoing gut problems—abdominal cramps with bouts of diarrhea or constipation—without a known cause? You could have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doctors diagnose IBS after ruling out other conditions and diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease (which causes ulcers and damage in the intestines not seen in IBS). Stress and certain types of food can make IBS worse, while medication may help.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome News

  • New Drug Might Help Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) — A new drug significantly reduces the abdominal pain and constipation characteristic of certain types of irritable bowel syndrome, according to two new studies. Both phase 3 trials, published online Sept. 18 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, formed much of the basis for approval of the drug, [...]

  • California Woman Finds Ways to Control IBS

    By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) — Rachel Byrd doesn’t remember a time before she had stomach pain and digestive issues. But her symptoms got so bad in 2009 that she rushed to the hospital, thinking her appendix had burst because the pain was so intense. As it turned out, Byrd didn’t need [...]

  • Treating Irritable Bowel Poses Challenges

    By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) — As many as one in five Americans has to deal each day with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a digestive disorder for which treatment options remain limited. “Treatment is challenging because we have only one approved drug from the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] right now,” [...]

  • Mindful Meditation Might Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    By Ellin HolohanHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) — A simple meditation technique can help ease the torment suffered by people with a chronic bowel disease, a new study has found. The research, done at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that women with irritable bowel syndrome who practiced “mindful meditation” had more [...]

  • Exercise Helps Ease Irritable Bowel Symptoms

    FRIDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) — Increasing one’s physical activity routine can help improve symptoms among irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients, Swedish researchers report. Vigorous activity can also help keep IBS symptoms from worsening among such patients, the researchers said. The authors noted that IBS is a disease that affects between 10 percent to 15 percent of [...]

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