Digestive Health

Gluten-Free Foods: For Celiac Disease Only?

Gluten has gotten a bad rap in recent years. As a consequence, low- and gluten-free diets have become popular, with people speculating that the consumption of wheat and other gluten-rich grains has negative effects on their health. But at this point, that's all it is-speculation.

Should You Be Screened for Celiac Disease?

If you have a parent, sibling, or child withceliac disease, you should be tested for it,even if you don't have symptoms or signs of the condition, according to a 2017 review article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A Newer Colon Cancer Screening Option

If you've heard of the relatively new screening test for colorectal cancer called Cologuard, you may be wondering whether it is a good-or even the "best"-option, especially if you want to avoid a colonoscopy.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Therapy: Can You Ever Stop It?

The evolution of drug therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) over the past couple of decades has been a game changer for people with Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). While older drug therapies may have been able to control symptoms, the more sophisticated agents actually move patients toward disease remission and better outcomes in…

Proton Pump Inhibitors: How Safe Are They?

The demand for proton pump inhibitors is driven mostly by the need to control symptoms in the growing population of people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The drugs' ongoing popularity may also stem from the prevailing belief that proton pump inhibitors have few side effects. However, increasing evidence suggests proton pump inhibitors may not be as…

Is Endoscopy Safe?

The specter of infection looms over all healthcare to some degree. But in recent years, a number of small outbreaks of sometimes fatal microbial infections in people undergoing endoscopy have drawn media attention-and increased scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-on the use of reprocessed endoscopes.