HealthNews Bytes January 2006

Drug Warning for Heartburn and Acid Reflux Medications

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If you are taking drugs for heartburn and acid reflux, you may be interested in this. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) ,12/05, published results of 2 studies in which these drugs increased incidence of diarrhea and colitis, caused by the bacteria, Clostridium difficile. Typically, infection with this bacteria is related to overuse of antibiotics and hospital acquired infections. The increasing occurrence in the community between 1994 and 2004 was studied, and found

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What’s in the News

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Two new laws went into effect on January 1st that are a real win for those of us interested in staying healthy. The first law now requires that the amount of “trans” fats in a food product must be listed on the label. “Trans” fats are partially hydrogenated oils and are cancer promoting, artery clogging (by decreasing HDL, the good cholesterol, and increasing LDL, the bad cholesterol), and may exacerbate inflammation. You will notice many

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Weight No More!

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This is the time of year many people think about trying again to shed those extra pounds. Although it’s never easy to make the permanent changes required to lose the weight and maintain it, there are good approaches to make it happen. Following an anti-inflammatory diet is the healthiest and most effective way to achieve your weight goals, and improve your health at the same time. And, every weight-loss program should include regular exercise, at

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