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Help for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are the most common ailment of the lower digestive tract. Here's updated guidance on how to manage them.

Don’t Skip Follow-Up Screening for High-Risk Colon Polyps

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 ...

Are You at Risk for Alcoholic Liver Disease?

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.

Can Drinking Hot Tea Cause Esophageal Cancer?

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?

New Ways to Treat Acute Pancreatitis

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.

Improving Survival After Colon Cancer

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,…

What to Do When It’s a Tough Act to Swallow

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.

Mapping Out a Diet Plan for IBS

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.

Understanding the Link Between GERD, Heartburn, and Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia doesn't cause heartburn, but it is often associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Here's why.

PPI Use and Alzheimer’s Disease: Two Studies Fail to Show a Link

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.