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FDA sends gluten-free regulation for final review

The FDA has submitted new rules governing gluten-free food labeling for final White House review. The agency has been developing the rules since 2005. It says products can be labeled gluten-free if they do not contain whole or hybrid wheat, rye or barley; wheat flour or other such products that have not had gluten removed; […]

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March puts emphasis on colorectal cancer prevention

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time that calls attention to what experts say is an extraordinarily preventable disease. Gastroenterologists say patients are finding it easier to prepare for a screening colonoscopy because of newer bowel preparations that taste better, use less fluid volume and are done closer to the procedure time. And […]

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Study finds varying vitamin D levels in supplements

The content of vitamin D supplements varies widely across samples, with some offering too little to address vitamin D deficiency, Kaiser Permanente researchers reported. Researchers said vitamin D content ranged from as low as 9% to as high as 140% of the doses described on the label. USA Today (2/11) Full Story

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Simple dietary changes may reduce pain of IBS, nutrition expert says

Simple dietary changes that can help reduce irritable bowel syndrome symptoms include avoiding heavily processed or fatty foods, drinking plenty of water and adding fiber if constipation is a problem, says dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot. Keeping a food diary can help uncover trigger foods and being mindful of portion sizes reduces chances of having bloating, abdominal […]

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All about digestion and metabolism

Many people mistakenly believe their rate of digestion is linked to their rate of metabolism, when they really are separate bodily processes, says dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman. Digestion is measured by transit time and refers to how the body breaks down food and disposes of waste through the gastrointestinal tract, while metabolism, measured by calories […]

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Gluten sensitivity raises many questions for medical experts

Medical experts agree that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is a condition, but they don’t know a lot about it, such as long-term effects or even whether it’s just one illness. Dr. Stefano Guandalini of the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center said some people who do not have celiac disease do get a health boost from […]

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Leafy greens are leading source of foodborne illnesses in U.S.

Of the nearly 50% of foodborne illnesses linked to farm produce, 22% were caused by leafy green vegetables, according to a CDC study. Meat, especially poultry, accounted for 43% of all deaths resulting from foodborne diseases, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/29) Full Story ACG Note: For more information see related ACG resources.

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Fatty liver raises risk of metabolic syndrome plus diabetes

Men with fatty liver were more than 12 times as likely to develop metabolic syndrome with type 2 diabetes, while fatty liver was associated with a more than tenfold increased risk of the conditions in women, researchers in Mexico City found. Women with fatty liver were also more than twice as likely to develop metabolic […]

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Study links acid reflux to adult-onset asthma

Researchers in Pittsburgh used a new diagnostic method called impedance testing in a study that showed gastroesophageal reflux can lead to adult-onset asthma. They reported patients who had surgery to relieve acid reflux showed reductions in asthma-related breathing problems. KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh) (1/22) Full Story

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Study links tattoos with hepatitis C risk

People who have a tattoo have 3.7 times the risk of developing hepatitis C, regardless of other risk factors such as history of blood transfusions or use of IV drugs, New York University research suggests. The researchers said reusing needles, insufficient sterilization of equipment or reusing blood-contaminated ink are ways HCV can be transmitted during […]

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