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Heartburn: What to do when the burn becomes a burden

Stress and lifestyle factors can lead to heartburn — a burning sensation or pain caused by acid reflux. Simple lifestyle modifications and medication can take the burn out of heartburn.

Harika Balagoni, M.D. By Harika Balagoni September 28, 2021
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What’s the deal with probiotics?

You may have heard about "healthy" bacteria called probiotics. Do they really help with gut health and digestive issues? Find out what to do before you start taking probiotics.

Lisa Hayes MD By Lisa Hayes September 15, 2021
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What effect does alcohol have on your health — and your liver?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, national alcohol sales have increased more than 50%. Learn about the serious effects alcohol has on your well-being and body.

Omar Mousa MBBS By Omar Mousa September 3, 2021
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Trust your gut: What you need to know about digestive health

Watch a webinar in which two gastroenterologists discuss the digestive tract, what your gut might be saying, self-care options for common concerns and when to see a health care provider.

August 26, 2021
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New option for earlier diagnosis, staging of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to find early because it often doesn't cause symptoms until after it has spread to other organs. Learn about a minimally invasive procedure used to improve chances of survival.

Sebastian Strobel, M.D. By Sebastian Strobel June 14, 2021
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5 questions about stool DNA tests for colon cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Early detection is key. Read FAQ about a screening test you can do in the privacy of your own home.

Leann Steffensmeier, C.N.P. By Leann Steffensmeier March 31, 2021
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Benefits of sedation-free colonoscopy

Though few people look forward to having a colonoscopy, every year millions have one — many completed without sedation. Learn why this may be a good option for you.

Jaime Zighelboim, M.D. By Jaime Zighelboim March 18, 2021
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Colorectal cancer Q&A

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., but prevention is possible. Learn more in this Q&A.

Stephan Thome MD By Stephan Thomé March 10, 2021
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5 things you can do to keep your colon healthy

For years, turning 50 came with a special birthday message from your health care provider: Time to have a colonoscopy. Read about the new age guideline.

August 24, 2020
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Hepatitis C: Testing could save your life

Testing for hepatitis C, which entails a basic blood draw and analysis, can be the difference between serious health complications later in life or a manageable — in some cases curable — condition. This Q&A will help you understand more about hepatitis C.

Victoria Louwagie PAC By Victoria Louwagie July 27, 2020
Colon cancer affects men and women equally

What to expect before, during a colonoscopy

Male or female, health care professionals now recommend screenings for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45. A colonoscopy is the gold standard. Here's what to expect before and during the procedure.

Jaime Zighelboim, M.D. By Jaime Zighelboim March 31, 2020
45 or older? Talk with your doctor about colon cancer screening.

Understanding your colon cancer screening options

Finding colon cancer at its earliest stage provides the greatest chance for a cure. That's why health care providers now recommend colon cancer screenings beginning at age 45. Learn about your options.

Daisy Batista, M.D. By Daisy Batista March 25, 2020