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Is this Heartburn, Indigestion, Stomach pain, or Do I Have an Ulcer?

Gastric ulcers, otherwise known as stomach ulcers, are a disease where painful sores develop in the lining of the stomach wall. This happens as a result of a reduction in the thickness of tissues that covers and protects the internal surface of the stomach from the corrosive digestive juice that is excreted. The symptoms of…

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Fatty Liver Disease or NASH: What You Need To Know to Diagnose it and Treat it!

Overview Fatty liver, commonly known in the health field as hepatic steatosis, is a disease characterized by excessive accumulation of fatty acids and triglycerides in liver cells. Alcoholism, diabetes mellitus type 2 and obesity are the main factors associated with hepatic steatosis. This disease has a wide distribution in developed countries and it is estimated…

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Three Reasons to Get a Colonoscopy Before You’re 50

Typically, we put off colonoscopies until after the age of 50, but the demographic for those affected by colorectal disease may be changing. For those younger than 50, a colonoscopy seems like something meant for older generations. Those who are reaching retirement age are the people who worry about their colons. Yes, those over 50…

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis Eosinophilic Esophagitis is an immune-mediated inflammatory disorder that is often triggered in atopic individuals by food products or inhaled allergens. It is characterized by infiltration of the esophageal wall, including the epithelium, with mast cells and eosinophils. Clinically, the inflammatory response by mast cells and eosinophils within the esophagus results in…

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Pancreatitis

What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum — the first part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive juices, or enzymes, into the duodenum through a tube called the pancreatic duct. Pancreatic enzymes join with bile — a…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a serious disease, such as cancer. Most people can control…

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Hepatitis C

What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a liver disease. Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Inflammation is the painful, red swelling that results when tissues of the body become injured or infected. Inflammation can cause organs to not work properly. What is the liver? The liver is an organ that does many important things.…

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