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Unmanageable IBS? Home-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Improves Symptoms

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that can help address the underlying symptoms of inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS). Findings from a study published in Gastroenterology suggest that home-based CBT may be just as effective as intensive clinic-based CBT in treating patients with unmanageable symptoms.

Study Raises Questions About Gallbladder Surgery

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy—removal of the gallbladder through minimally invasive surgery—is standard treatment for patients with gallstones and abdominal pain. But up to 40 percent of patients experience pain after surgery, and a study in the Lancet suggests this surgery may not be warranted in every case.

Many with Suspected Celiac Disease Don’t Get Recommended Tests

People with evidence of celiac disease should undergo a combination of tests, including a biopsy of the small bowel, to establish a diagnosis, say guidelines from the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association. This is the definitive way to diagnose celiac disease. But a recent study found that about a fifth of patients…

Fiber Linked to Reduced Liver Cancer Risk

Consuming a diet high in whole grains and certain types of dietary fiber may reduce the risk of developing the most common liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a large study in JAMA Oncology suggests.

Pancreatic Cancer Patients Are Missing Out on Care

Many patients with noncurable pancreatic cancer are not being given treatments that can lengthen their lives and reduce symptoms, a study published in 2019 in CMAJ suggests.

Is Gastritis Causing Your Indigestion?

Every year Americans spend millions of dollars on medications for indigestion, also referred to as dyspepsia. These catchall terms are used to describe an assortment of upper abdominal symptoms that may include pain or discomfort, bloating, burping, loss of appetite, feeling full too soon after a normal-size meal, nausea, and heartburn. A common source of indigestion…

CBT for IBS

If you have hard-to-manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is worth pursuing, a British study confirmed.

Are Hemorrhoids Causing Your Rectal Bleeding? See the Doctor to Be Sure

Even if you think it’s “just” hemorrhoids, mild rectal bleeding should never be ignored. Here’s why.

What’s Giving You an Ulcer?

Despite popular belief, ulcers aren't primarily about stress.

How to Find Ulcerative Colitis Relief

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.