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Nathan Emmons

Not just a hernia: Symptoms disguise life-threatening condition

While seeking help for symptoms of a hiatal hernia, Nathan Emmons was shocked to learn that he had blocked arteries in his heart. Read how his care team worked quickly to restore the blood flow.

June 9, 2022
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Food intolerance or food allergy?

Food intolerances are common, but people often confuse intolerance with allergies. Learn how to distinguish between the two.

Victoria Louwagie PAC By Victoria Louwagie May 12, 2022
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Gluten-free: What does that mean?

A gluten-free diet helps manage symptoms of celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten. Find out how it can affect your overall nutritional needs.

Kjersten Nett LD By Kjersten Nett May 6, 2022
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Good bacteria for your gut

Do you know your gut houses up to 1,000 different species of bacteria? Read the two ways to keep your gut health in balance with foods you may already eat every day.

Amanda Gingrasso, D.N.P. By Amanda Gingrasso April 1, 2022
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Polyps: Colon cancer culprits

Colon cancer is the No. 3 cancer diagnosed in the U.S. Polyps are a key culprit, but often don't cause symptoms. In this Q&A, learn 6 things you should know about polyps.

Ajay Singh, M.B.B.S. By Ajay Singh March 7, 2022
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Do supplements help or hurt gut health?

Taking collagen, turmeric and melatonin is popular now, but that doesn’t mean they're right for you. Ask yourself these 3 questions before you take a supplement.

March 4, 2022
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Lifestyle, diet in inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, can be a frustrating diagnosis. There is no clear evidence that one trigger alone causes problems. Learn about ways you can manage IBD.

Diana Franco Corso MD By Diana Franco Corso February 14, 2022
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Steps to prevent norovirus

The holiday season's activities can lead to an uninvited guest: norovirus. Follow these tips decrease your risk of becoming infected with this contagious virus that causes gastrointestinal symptoms.

Timothy Slama DO By Timothy Slama December 29, 2021
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Answers to 5 common questions about gallstones

Two-thirds of people with gallstones don't experience any symptoms. But when gallstones cause a blockage, signs and symptoms can occur. Find out what symptoms to watch for and simple steps to reduce your risk.

Sebastian Strobel, M.D. By Sebastian Strobel November 19, 2021
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Transforming colonoscopy scheduling with AI

Few people look forward to having a colonoscopy, and scheduling was a manual, time-intense process. Learn how a team used AI to streamline the process and reduce wait time.

October 29, 2021
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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