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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.

Can Mint Really Soothe Digestive Disturbances?

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?

Hiatal Hernia: A Surprising Cause of GERD

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.

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.