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aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone antacids (Mylanta, Mylanta Maximum Strength)

aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone antacids (Mylanta, Mylanta Maximum Strength)

What is aluminum hydroxide/magnesium hydroxide? What is it used for? Aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide act as antacids by neutralizing stomach acid that result in an increasing pH in the stomach. Simethicone is anti-gas medication that works by lowering surface tension of gas bubbles, which gives relief from gas. What brand names are available for […]

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Bowel Incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)

Bowel Incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)

Bowel incontinence (fecal incontinence) definition Picture of a Person with Bowel Incontinence Fecal incontinence can be defined as the unintentional loss of stool (feces) or gas (flatus). It is often due to a failure of one or more of the components that allow the body to control the evacuation of feces, when it is socially […]

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Indigestion (Dyspepsia, Upset Stomach Pain)

Indigestion (Dyspepsia, Upset Stomach Pain)

What is indigestion (dyspepsia, upset stomach)? Dyspepsia (indigestion) is best described as a functional disease. (Sometimes, it is called functional dyspepsia.) The concept of functional disease is particularly useful when discussing diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The concept applies to the muscular organs of the gastrointestinal tract, the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, gallbladder, and colon […]

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Could Profit Be a Factor in Kidney Transplant Decisions?

Could Profit Be a Factor in Kidney Transplant Decisions?

Latest Digestion News TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that suggests money may sometimes guide whether someone gets a new kidney, researchers report that patients at U.S. for-profit dialysis centers are less likely to receive a transplant. “For-profit dialysis facilities have a higher profit margin when they have more patients on […]

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Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning

What tests diagnose food poisoning? Most times, the diagnosis of food poisoning is made by history and physical examination. Often, the patient volunteers the diagnosis when they come for medical care. For example, “I got sick after eating potato salad at a picnic,” or, “I drank a raw egg protein shake.” The health-care professional may […]

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Esophagitis

Esophagitis

Facts and definition of esophagitis Esophagitis is defined as inflammation of the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Signs and symptoms of esophagitis include: Difficult and/or painful swallowing The feeling of food getting stuck while swallowing Heartburn Acid reflux Unpleasant taste in mouth Sore throat Hoarseness Cough Mouth sores […]

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Why Am I So Bloated and Gassy?

Why Am I So Bloated and Gassy?

What is bloating? What does “feeling bloated” mean? There are many causes of bloating (abdominal distention). Why am I so bloated? Abdominal bloating or “feeling bloated” is a very frequent and familiar symptom most people have experienced at some time in their lives. There are many reasons you may feel bloated. Most causes are simple, […]

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The Digestion Process (Organs and Functions)

The Digestion Process (Organs and Functions)

Digestion definition The digestive system involves organs that turn food into energy and eliminate waste. The energy required for all the processes and activities that take place in our bodies is derived from the foods we ingest. The digestive system allows us to utilize food from such diverse sources as meat from an animal and […]