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Colon talk: How a screening can save your life

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States (excluding skin cancer). Each year, there are 140,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 50,000 deaths from colon cancer in the U.S. Your lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is between …

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Unlocking the potential of biomarkers for colorectal cancer

1 in 21. Those are the current odds for men of developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The odds only slightly improve for women, with the current risk rate at 1 in 23. For people suffering from ulcerative colitis, the risk of developing colon cancer becomes even higher. Fighting this deadly cancer, which is expected …

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Eat this, not that, to avoid holiday heartburn

Pie, gravy, potatoes, cookies — many of the foods traditionally served at holiday meals are also some of the hardest to digest. Unpleasant heartburn symptoms can put a damper on your holiday celebrations. For the more than 40 million Americans who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, these symptoms are even more serious. GERD …

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Do you have these 4 risk factors of gall bladder disease?

Up to 15 percent of people will develop gall stones at some point during their lifetime, and four percent of those people will face complications. Gall bladder disease can impact anyone, but there are several factors that have proven to be a good indicator of who is most at risk. Although these four characteristics do …

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Achalasia: Rare swallowing disorder treated with new minimally invasive procedure

After losing an alarming 17 pounds in a month, Wayne Weaver, 80, learned he had a rare and potentially life-threatening swallowing condition called achalasia. Treatment for achalasia includes cutting the muscles in the lower esophagus, and the treatment of choice at most hospitals is an extensive surgery involving incisions in the abdomen through to the esophagus. But …

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Your sensitive stomach might be caused by Inflammatory Bowel Disease

On the surface, our bodies may seem fine. Inside the gut however, there is a continuous war between invaders and our immune system’s defenses. Attackers (bacteria, viruses and toxins) keep arriving in our food and drink. White blood cells in the gut are on constant alert to fight off these attackers. At the same time, the …

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Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?

Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on …

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A game-changing treatment for acid reflux and GERD

Belching and heartburn was a daily part of Madalyn Miller’s life. “Prior to living in Dallas, I lived in San Diego and saw various doctors for an issue with belching,” the 29-year-old financial consultant said. “My belching and acid reflux had grown increasingly prominent over the past few years.” She tried keeping a food diary …

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Are probiotics good for you?

Probiotics are living bacteria or other microorganisms that have beneficial health effects in people when they’re ingested. Probiotics have become very popular and many of my patients are taking probiotics to gain some health advantage, but enthusiasm for a concept is not the same as scientific proof of effectiveness. Here’s the truth: Very few marketed …

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