Clinical evidence challenging many long-held standard approaches to the management of acute pancreatitis has recently come to light. Updated guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association reflect the latest thinking.
People who have lifestyles consistent with guidelines established by the American Cancer Society (ACS) tend to have a lower risk of death from cancer and a better quality of life, according to a 2018 study in JAMA. These guidelines include achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in red and processed meat.
Most of us have experienced what it feels like to have trouble swallowing, such as when we eat too fast or don't chew our food thoroughly. But if you regularly have trouble initiating a swallow, take a long time to swallow, or cough or choke during the process, you may have dysphagia.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers frequently report that their symptoms worsen after meals. A number of strategies to alleviate those symptoms, including a "low FODMAP" diet have been proposed. Here's a look at recent research.
A hiatal hernia doesn't cause heartburn, but it is often associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Here's why.
A large German study published in 2016 found an association between the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) in people over age 75. But two more recent studies, failed to find any such association.
A Mediterranean-style diet may reduce the risk of cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) for the treatment of gallstones, according to a 2017 study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.
If you are taking anti-TNF agents to control inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and you still have evidence of active disease, here's what the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) recommends.
If you have a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and you test positive, you will need to undergo a follow-up colonoscopy. Based on the findings of a new study, don't delay.
People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) often view their gastroenterologist as their primary care provider, and tend not to see a primary care provider very often. A recent clinical guideline from the American College of Gastroenterology, however, suggests that people with IBD would benefit from coordinated care, where the gastroenterologist and the primary care provider keep each other informed of their patients' health status and needs.
Are you a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy? A 2017 study in the journal GUT suggests that men who regularly eat red meat—beef, pork, lamb, particularly in unprocessed forms (as opposed to deli meats and sausages)—have an increased risk of developing diverticulitis.
Eating a mostly vegetarian diet may be as effective as taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to relieve symptoms of a form of stomach acid reflux called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), according to a new study.
Gluten has gotten a bad rap in recent years. As a consequence, low- and gluten-free diets have become popular, with people speculating that the consumption of wheat and other gluten-rich grains has negative effects on their health. But at this point, that's all it is-speculation.
If you have a parent, sibling, or child with celiac disease, you should be tested for it, even if you don't have symptoms or signs of the condition, according to a 2017 review article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
If you've heard of the relatively new screening test for colorectal cancer called Cologuard, you may be wondering whether it is a good—or even the "best"-option, especially if you want to avoid a colonoscopy.