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Here’s How Your FibroScan® is Going to Work

Yellow eyes, swollen ankles, dark urine — these liver symptoms signal it’s time for a FibroScan®, the quick, painless test that evaluates your liver health. Here’s what to expect.
Oct 1st, 2023

Will Diverticulosis Resolve on Its Own?

Bloating, cramps, and constipation could point to any of several digestive issues, including diverticulosis. Here’s what you need to know about this sometimes symptomatic, sometimes silent condition.
Sep 1st, 2023

Are Polyps Dangerous?

You followed your doctor’s orders and got a colonoscopy but never expected to hear you had polyps. What are polyps, and what do they mean for your health? Don’t panic. We have good news, answers, and explanations here.
Aug 7th, 2023

The Link Between Ulcers and Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is a fairly common complaint that can point to many conditions, so how do you know what’s causing it? Keep reading to discover how to tell if that pain in your stomach could be an open sore called an ulcer.
Jul 1st, 2023

Can My Diet Alone Manage My IBS?

When your IBS symptoms flare up, it may be tough to stay positive. But the good news about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is that you can control your symptoms by controlling what and how you eat. Here’s what you need to know.
Jun 4th, 2023

Is Acid Reflux Dangerous to My Health?

You can expect temporary, harmless heartburn if you scarfed down too much lasagna, overindulged in cocktails, or dared to down a ghost pepper. But chronic acid reflux can wreak havoc on your health — here’s how.
May 1st, 2023

What’s Causing My Abdominal Pain?

Abdominal pain is a vague term that covers all the territory between your ribs and pelvis. Location and symptoms give critical clues, but you need a see a specialist for an accurate diagnosis. We can help.
Mar 2nd, 2023

What Is Fatty Liver Disease, and How Is It Treated?

While you work on trimming your tummy or whittling down your hips, you might want to see if your liver is overweight, too. Here’s how fatty liver disease develops, how we test it, and what to do about it.
Feb 6th, 2023

Do Hemorrhoids Go Away on Their Own?

Hemorrhoids are itchy, painful, and persistent and involve a very private part of your anatomy. You may need professional help to get rid of them, but try these tips first, and they might go away on their own.
Jan 1st, 2023

Why Excess Weight Can Cause Acid Reflux

Even skinny people get heartburn, so how can weight be an issue? Keep reading to discover how a few extra pounds can interfere with your digestive system.
Dec 1st, 2022

The Worst Gas-Producing Foods and How to Avoid Them

As a natural byproduct of digestion, gas affects us all. But there are some steps you can take to reduce gas production, including knowing which foods cause gas and how to limit them. Here’s what you can do.
Nov 3rd, 2022

The Link Between GERD and Asthma

You know about the heartburn, chest pain, and swallowing problems that come with severe acid reflux, but what does GERD have to do with asthma? Here’s the two-way connection.
Aug 1st, 2022

Is Heartburn Inevitable with Aging?

You used to down a late-night burger with no problem, but now that indulgence keeps you up all night. Are you doomed to get heartburn as you age? Find out here.
Jul 1st, 2022

4 Ways to Prevent Hemorrhoid Pain

There are few things more painful (or embarrassing) than hemorrhoids. But we don’t shy away from tough conversations. In fact, we think they’re necessary. Here’s what you should know about hemorrhoids and how to effectively manage your pain.
Jun 1st, 2022

5 Different Types of Endoscopy

When doctors want to see inside your body without making a big incision, an endoscopy is the go-to procedure. But this camera on a tube isn’t just a one-trick pony. Find out all the different ways we use endoscopy.
May 1st, 2022

Do Foods Affect Diverticulitis?

Your gut is temperamental, so if you don’t feed it right, it rebels. And if you have diverticulitis, you have to be extra careful about what goes down the shoot. Here’s what to eat and what to avoid when you have diverticulitis.
Feb 28th, 2022

When to See a Specialist About Abdominal Pain

Tummy aches come and go, but when the pain sticks around, you may be wondering if it’s time to see a specialist. Here are some guidelines to help you know when to make that decision.
Jan 1st, 2022

Lifestyle Habits That Fuel Acid Reflux

You loosen your belt, burp a lot, and keep reaching for those antacids to relieve your acid reflux, but there’s one thing you may not have tried yet — quitting a few bad habits. Here’s how a few lifestyle changes can ease your heartburn.
Dec 1st, 2021

IBS vs. IBD: What’s the Difference?

Thanks to social media and TV ads, the terms IBS and IBD are more familiar, but do you really know what those acronyms mean? Here’s a closer look at what’s behind these similar-sounding, but very different, conditions.
Nov 10th, 2021

Swallow a What? What to Expect If You Need a Capsule Endoscopy

Getting a look at your insides is the best way to diagnose your gut problems, but getting a camera in there can be uncomfortable. A capsule endoscopy eliminates the tubes and probes shoved in your mouth or up your anus. Here’s how it works.
Oct 11th, 2021

Signs You Might Have Barrett’s Esophagus

Think your heartburn is no big deal? Think again. Over time, that constant acid reflux can do some real damage. Here’s what you need to know about a related condition called Barrett’s esophagus and how to recognize the signs.
Sep 8th, 2021

When Your Tummy Pain May Mean You Have Diverticulitis

Tummy pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation are the hallmarks of most gastrointestinal problems — so how do you know which one you have and if it could be diverticulitis? Here’s a deeper look at this common ailment and what it means.
Aug 12th, 2021

Foods to Avoid If You Suffer From GERD

Everyone gets heartburn now and then. But if it’s severe and/or very frequent, you may have heartburn’s more serious cousin — gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. If so, you’re going to have to stop eating these food items.
Jul 18th, 2021

What are the Symptoms of IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) goes by several names — spastic colon, spastic colitis, irritable colon, and mucous colitis — but whatever you call it, the symptoms are the same. Learn how to ID the signs of this bothersome intestinal condition.
Jun 29th, 2021

Endoscopy: What to Expect

Visual observation is a key part of medical diagnoses, which poses a problem when the issue is internal. Enter endoscopy — the tiny camera that gives doctors a bird’s eye view of your insides. Here’s what’s involved.
May 27th, 2021

Hemorrhoid Pain: When to See a Doctor

You’d never post about your hemorrhoids on social media, and you wouldn’t bring it up over coffee with your boss, but there are times when you need to talk to your doctor about this posterior problem. Here’s when to book a hemorrhoid appointment.
Apr 1st, 2021

Acid Reflux: 5 Common Triggers

Most people have experienced heartburn at least once or twice, but if you have it more often than not, you may have acid reflux or the chronic version called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and things you do every day may be making it worse.
Dec 1st, 2020

Emotional Aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

No one wants to talk about bowel movements. In fact, the less others know about your business, the better. But when you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), there’s no hiding it — and it’s starting to get to you. Can IBS affect you psychologically?
Nov 1st, 2020

When Hemorrhoids Require Medical Intervention

You might be tempted to sweep embarrassing problems like hemorrhoids under the rug and hope they go away on their own. Ignoring them, however, can turn an easily treated issue into long-term discomfort and bleeding.
Oct 1st, 2020

When Should I Schedule My First Colonoscopy?

If you know anything about a colonoscopy, it can be tempting to put it off as long as you can. Doing so prevents you from catching signs of life-threatening health problems. Learn more about when and why you should schedule a colonoscopy.
Sep 1st, 2020

Are Your Digestion Troubles Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

As many as 45 million Americans could be affected by irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS. It could be responsible for the digestive problems you’re experiencing, though it can only be diagnosed by a medical specialist.
Feb 1st, 2020