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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

REFERENCES: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. 2015. <https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/irritable-bowel-syndrome-0>. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. “IBS and IBD: Two Very Different Disorders.” Published June 2012.<http://www.ccfa.org/resources/ibs-and-ibd-two-very.html> Dalton, Christine B., and Douglas A. Drossman. “The Use of Antidepressants in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Other Functional GI Disorders.” UNC Center for […]

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Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis) Symptoms, Signs Treatment Remedies, Diet

Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis) Symptoms, Signs Treatment Remedies, Diet

What are the most common causes of the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)? Viral causes of stomach flu The most prevalent cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S. and the world is Norovirus. It causes about 50%-70% of viral gastroenteritis cases, while Rotavirus, Astrovirus, Adenovirus, and Sapovirus strains cause most of the other viral gastroenteritis infections. Norovirus also […]

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Endoscopy (EGD) Procedure

Endoscopy (EGD) Procedure

What is upper endoscopy? Endoscopy is a procedure in which a camera is inserted into an orifice or surgical incision to explore for abnormalities or cancers, or perform minimally invasive surgery. Upper endoscopy is a procedure that enables the examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to examine the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum (first portion of […]

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Zepatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir)

Zepatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir)

What is Zepatier, and how does it work? Zepatier is an oral tablet containing two drugs used for the treatment of chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), genotype 1 and 4 in adults. The components belong to a class of drugs called direct-acting antiviral agents. Similar drugs include: Zepatier contains elbasvir and grazoprevir. […]

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olsalazine (Dipentum)

olsalazine (Dipentum)

What is olsalazine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Olsalazine is an oral medication that works as an anti-inflammatory drug for treating inflammatory diseases of the colon. It is a derivative of salicylic acid. Inactive itself, it is converted by the bacteria in the colon to its active form, mesalamine. Following oral administration […]

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mesalamine (Lialda)

mesalamine (Lialda)

What is mesalamine (Lialda), and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Mesalamine is an oral drug used for treating ulcerative colitis. Lialda is mesalamine in a form that is slowly released in the intestine so that it can be given just once-a-day. Other oral drugs containing mesalamine that are similar to Lialda include Asacol, Pentasa, […]

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New Tool Predicts Odds of Kidney Disease

New Tool Predicts Odds of Kidney Disease

Latest Digestion News FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Imagine that your doctor could predict your risk of kidney disease in the next five years with a simple calculation. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore report they have done just that. “With the risk equations that we’ve developed, physicians should be able to […]

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&#8216;Wheel of Fortune&#8217; Host Pat Sajak Undergoes Emergency Surgery

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Undergoes Emergency Surgery

MONDAY, Nov. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Long-time “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is recovering after emergency surgery on Thursday to repair a blocked intestine, CBS News reported. Latest Digestion News A statement issued by the show said the 73-year-old Sajak is resting comfortably after the successful surgery. Taping of the popular game show […]

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sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer)

sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer)

What is sodium bicarbonate? Sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer Heartburn Relief) is an alkalinizing agent (antacid) that reduces stomach acid. It is a commonly used antacid to treat heartburn, acid ingestion and upset stomach. Is sodium bicarbonate available as a generic drug? Yes. Do I need a prescription for sodium bicarbonate? No. Why is sodium bicarbonate prescribed […]