A study found proton pump inhibitor drugs such as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec, which are designed to help reduce acid reflux symptoms, actually can cause rebound reflux in some patients. One expert said the phenomenon is a result of the body increasing acid production when the drugs are stopped, which can worsen symptoms of gas and heartburn.
A survey of more than 2,000 people found 75% said they text, blog and surf the Web while on the toilet. While 18% admitted to getting cramps or pins-and-needles feelings from sitting on the toilet for a long period of time, 65% did not know they could get hemorrhoids or other rectal problems from doing so.
Peptic ulcers mainly come from bacterial infections but lifestyle also can play a role in their development. To help prevent an ulcer, the U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends limiting alcohol, giving up smoking or chewing tobacco, and avoiding NSAID pain killers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
A study found postmenopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy reduced their risk of colorectal cancer by 63%. Israeli researchers collected self-reported HRT data from thousands of patients and said the risk reduction was not found in women who took daily aspirin or played sports and was mainly seen in those taking combined estrogen-progestin pills.
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth may be a cause of non-responsive celiac disease, according to Mayo Clinic research. The study team used lactulose hydrogen-breath assays to look for both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in patients with non-responsive disease. They found 9.3% of celiac patients had SIBO as diagnosed by quantitative culture of intestinal aspirate.