Digestive

Puzzled about polyps?

When people go in for a routine colonoscopy they may hear the word “polyp” tossed around. If you’re unsure about polyps but were too anxious to ask, we have answers. Scott & White colorectal surgeon Rahila Essani, MD specializes in care relating to the colon and the rectum. She offers some insight about polyps, as …

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The Truth About Gas…More Normal Than You Think?

Gastrointestinal gas is part of the human condition. The extent of which that person becomes aware of it dictates if gas is a problem or not. Belching Belching is the audible escape of air from the esophagus into the upper airway. Almost all air that is belched is a consequence of air swallowing. Belches that …

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Need a Colonoscopy? Consider this Clinical Trial

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends annual colon cancer screening for everyone beginning at age 50 until they turn 75. If you’re healthy and in that age range, you might want to learn more about this research project from the Baylor Research Institute. The project is evaluating whether a certain blood test can detect …

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3 Ways to Help Your Digestive System Run Smoothly

Are you dealing with your own stomach troubles? Adopt these three tips for digestive success. The Key Ingredient The first step to a happy stomach is to examine your diet. And for more people that means making sure you’re eating a balanced diet with plenty of fiber, which will keep your digestive system moving efficiently, says Elizabeth Odstrcil, …

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What is celiac disease?

Strolling down the cereal aisle at the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that some of your favorite cereals now boast that they are “gluten-free.” This may seem like food manufacturers taking advantage of another dietary fad, but the truth is that these companies are targeting a once-ignored market. These customers looking for boxes of cereal, …

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Listeria Infection: Will That Melon Make Me Sick?

Listeria-laden cantaloupes have caused 25 deaths so far this year in the worst listeriosis outbreak in 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reports 17 cantaloupe-related listeria infections in Texas. Are the cantaloupes you’re eating safe? Probably. The affected cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado were recalled in mid-September. …

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On the Outside Looking In: Diagnosing Digestive Cancers with Sound

Did you know that a physician is able to look inside a patient’s body and diagnose certain cancers without the need for surgery? Endoscopic ultrasound is used to put their eyes and ears inside the body but without the need for surgery. The endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) was created in the 1980’s, but recent leading-edge technology …

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Heartburn, again?

Based on reported daily heartburn symptoms, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders estimates that five to seven percent of the population suffers from Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. Heartburn is often described as a burning pain in the chest and esophagus.  You might experience other symptoms …

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