Living with ulcerative colitis can be distressing, with your daily routine disrupted by frequent bathroom trips and unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms. Two major medical organizations, the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology, recently updated their guidelines for managing the disease. Here's what they emphasize.
Mint has a long history of being used medicinally, particularly for indigestion, and various mints are found in many dietary supplements marketed for digestive ailments. Is this just wishful thinking, or is science catching up to tradition?
One of the surprising causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other upper-GI disorders involves having parts of your internal anatomy out of place—a condition called hiatal hernia.
Hemorrhoids are the most common ailment of the lower digestive tract. Here's updated guidance on how to manage them.
Many patients who have high-risk colon polyps removed during a colonoscopy are failing to undergo recommended follow-up screenings for colorectal cancer, according to a 2018 study in ...
Sustained alcohol consumption can increase your chances of developing alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and of cirrhosis-related death. Here's how to know if you could be at risk.
A large observational Chinese study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2018 linked drinking hot tea to esophageal cancer. But how great is the risk, and how hot is too hot?
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.