Colleges increasingly are catering to students who can't eat gluten, and such accommodations are an important consideration for those students when deciding which university to attend. For example, college food-service vendor Bon Appetit includes gluten-free options, which are noted on menus and signs in dining halls. Students also can meet individually with chefs.
Patients who took a combination pill of ibuprofen plus the acid reflux drug famotidine developed fewer gastric or duodenal ulcers than those who just got the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, Yale University researchers reported. The study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology included 1,533 patients who needed NSAID therapy for six months or more. Researchers said using just one pill could increase treatment compliance.
Halina Kwiatkowska, owner of Parsley Sage & Thyme Health Store, says more people recognize celiac disease as an autoimmune condition with symptoms beyond digestive ailments. She says completing the switch to a gluten-free diet can take three months, with many people falling off the plan about halfway through only to find their symptoms return.
The prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease is increasing worldwide and the U.S. leads the way with up to 20% of the population having symptoms once per week, experts say. Being overweight and gaining weight are the main causes, according to Dr. Kenneth R. DeVault, who helped write the American College of Gastroenterology's GERD treatment guidelines.
Cancer deaths dropped about 23% among men and 15% for women from 1990 to 2008, according to a report by the American Cancer Society, based on data from the National Cancer Institute and the CDC. Rates for colorectal, lung, breast and prostate cancers all improved and experts credit better preventive care and early detection and treatment.