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Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Appendicitis

Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Appendicitis

(HealthDay News) — Appendicitis isa painful inflammation of the appendix. It can be life-threatening if ignored and the appendix ruptures. Latest Digestion News More than 5 percent of people in the United States will develop appendicitis at some point during their lives, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. It […]

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Too Few Baby Boomers Get Hepatitis C Screening

Too Few Baby Boomers Get Hepatitis C Screening

Latest Digestion News THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Despite recommendations, only about one in 10 U.S. baby boomers has been screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV), a new study reveals. Hepatitis C is a contagious virus that causes nearly half of the cases of liver cancer in the United States. Health officials estimate […]

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Health Tip: Taming GERD

Health Tip: Taming GERD

(HealthDay News) — Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sometimes called heartburn, occurs when yourstomachcontents back up into youresophagus. Latest Digestion News The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says without treatment, GERD can lead to a host of medical issues affecting the esophagus and breathing. To help tame GERD, the agency suggests: […]

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Health Tip: Prevent Constipation

Health Tip: Prevent Constipation

(HealthDay News) — Although constipation is more common in older adults, it can occur at any age. Latest Digestion News Potential causes for the condition include: diet that lacks fiber, insufficient exercise, misuse of laxatives, medical conditions, use of certain medications and an urge to hold in a bowel movement. The U.S. National Institute on […]

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Red and Processed Meats Linked to Liver Woes

Red and Processed Meats Linked to Liver Woes

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Digestion News TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Bacon lovers, a new study has some bad news for you: Eating a lot of processed and red meats may up your odds for a serious liver condition and insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes. The study found that […]

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Proton Pump Inhibitors vs. Zantac

Proton Pump Inhibitors vs. Zantac

What’s the Difference between Proton Pump Inhibitors and Zantac? Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and Zantac (ranitidine) reduce the production of acid and are used to prevent and treat of acid-related conditions including esophageal duodenal and stomach ulcers, NSAID-associated ulcers, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Some proton pump inhibitors are available over-the-counter (OTC) […]

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Reflux Laryngitis (Diet, Home Remedies, Medicine)

Reflux Laryngitis (Diet, Home Remedies, Medicine)

What OTC, prescription medications, and surgery to treat acid reflux? There are several different types of medications available over the counter (OTC) or by prescription. OTC antacids Antacids neutralize stomach acid and give immediate relief. Popular choices include sodium bicarbonate (Alka Seltzer), calcium carbonate (Tums, Rolaids, Alka-Mints), and aluminum and magnesium antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, Riopan, […]

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Schatzki Ring (Schatzki’s) Causes, Symptoms, and Natural Treatments

Schatzki Ring (Schatzki’s) Causes, Symptoms, and Natural Treatments

What is Schatzki (Schatzki’s) ring? What causes it? Schatzki (Schatzki’s) ring is described a smooth, benign (non-cancerous), circumferential, and narrow ring of tissue in the lower end of the esophagus (the food pipe that connects the mouth to the stomach). Schatzki rings are common and are located just above the junction of the esophagus with […]

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Indigestion (Dyspepsia, Upset Stomach Pain) Symptoms, Relief Remedies, Medicine

Indigestion (Dyspepsia, Upset Stomach Pain) Symptoms, Relief Remedies, Medicine

What other diseases or conditions mimic indigestion (dyspepsia)? Exclusion of non-functional gastrointestinal disease As always, a detailed history from the patient and a physical examination frequently will suggest the cause of dyspepsia. Routine screening blood tests often are performed looking for clues to unsuspected diseases. Examinations of stool also are a part of the evaluation […]