Digestion

Bad Breath

Do you fear your breath is strong enough to scare small children? You might be mistaken. People are notoriously inept at assessing the odor of

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Anorexia Nervosa

What is anorexia nervosa? Anorexia nervosa, or simply anorexia, is a psychiatric and physical illness in which the sufferer basically starves herself. Clinically, a person

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Constipation and Aging

What is constipation? If you’ve ever exchanged tips about eating prunes or drinking lots of water to stay regular, then you’ve probably had personal experience

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Gastritis

What is gastritis? Many people — including some doctors — use “gastritis” as a fancy word for stomachache, but the term really means “inflammation of

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Travelers’ Diarrhea

Travelers to Mexico call it “Montezuma’s revenge,” while Mexicans call it “turista” (tourist). It undoubtedly goes by other names in Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle

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Pancreatitis

What is pancreatitis? The pancreas is a small, hard-working organ that sits behind the lower part of your stomach. A center that manufactures digestive juices

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Probiotics

From the bacterial point of view, the human intestine is the promised land. The gut is warm, moist, and full of good food. It’s also

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Hernia

What’s a hernia? If you have a hernia, a piece of intestine, fat, or other tissue is bulging through a torn or weakened abdominal muscle.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Do you have frequent bouts of constipation alternating with diarrhea? Have you periodically experienced abdominal pain, gas, painful cramping, bloating, nausea, and loss of appetite

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Peptic Ulcers

What is a peptic ulcer? The digestive juices that churn in our stomachs are great for dissolving dinner, but they can also be hard on

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Seniors and Hemorrhoids

In Turkish, they’re known as “bottom tulips”; in Dutch they’re called “anus berries.” But to many who have hemorrhoids, they are simply — well, a

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Gallstones

The gallbladder often seems more trouble than it’s worth. This small storage pouch plays a minor role in the body, but it’s a major source

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GERD

GERD is the acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition in which stomach acid frequently splashes into the esophagus. GERD occurs when the valve connecting

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