Increasing awareness of celiac disease has led to a growing number of restaurants offering gluten-free menus and more packaged foods labeled gluten-free. A research firm says sales of these products could reach $1.7 billion in 2010.
Tips for avoiding illness during flu and cold season include washing hands with soap and water, exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, taking echinacea, drinking green tea, and getting enough sleep.
Many food and beverage companies are starting to offer products with probiotics, which may help maintain a healthy digestive system. However, one expert says supermarket labels can mislead consumers because some probiotic strains have not been as rigorously tested.
Eltrombopag could help boost blood platelet counts in patients with hepatitis C and other liver diseases and could also be used to treat cancer and a common blood disorder, according to studies. The results showed 75% of hepatitis C patients who took the drug had significantly higher platelet counts.
Doctors are experimenting with antibiotics to treat patients with Crohn's disease. The doctors say an early, aggressive course of antibiotics can attack Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis, which they believe could be a key player in the disease. "While specific bacteria have never been identified as the only cause for Crohn's, we have enough scientific evidence ... that bacteria are pivotal in the origin and persistence of this disease," one doctor said.