Digestive Health

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.

Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Risk of Gallstone Surgery

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.

Drug Monitoring for IBD: Is It Right for You?

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.

How Soon Should You Get a Colonoscopy After a Positive Stool Test?

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.

IBD Patients May Benefit from Coordinated Care

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…

Study: Red Meat Raises Risk of Diverticulitis in Men

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.

Can a Mediterranean-type Diet Improve Acid Reflux?

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.