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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

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

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 MD By Daisy Batista March 25, 2020

Best foods to eat when you have a stomach ‘bug’

Fighting off the dreaded stomach “flu” isn’t fun. This intestinal infection is marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting. Here are some tips for fueling your body when it hits.

Michelle Frischmann NP By Shelly Frischmann March 4, 2020

Barrett's esophagus screening helps with early diagnosis of esophageal cancer

Are you among the 60 million Americans who experience heartburn at least once a month? If left untreated, it can lead to Barrett's esophagus, which is associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer. Learn about a screening option and tips for managing gastro reflux disease.

Jaime Zighelboim, M.D. By Jaime Zighelboim January 9, 2020

Does your underwear have more than a small brown streak?

Does your underwear have more than a small brown streak? If you are experiencing rectal discomfort, learn about fecal incontinence tips. Most pelvic floor issues can be diagnosed and treated once identified as a concern.

Deepti Jacob, M.D. By Deepti Jacob September 30, 2019

Good bacteria for your gut

The lining of your digestive tract is covered in microscopic creatures, mostly bacteria, called a microbiome, which plays a large role in your health. Find out how to maintain a healthy microbiome.

May 24, 2019

Woman gets answers, life back after distressing digestive issues

Lynda Rassbach no longer is missing life's important moments. Read about her journey to diagnoses of bile acid absorption and ulcerative colitis, and how answers and treatments she got restored her freedom.

May 20, 2019

Do you need to say goodbye to gluten?

Thinking about trying a gluten-free diet? Learn why it's not necessarily a healthy option for everyone.

May 16, 2019

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.

September 17, 2018

Gut check: Colon cancer risks and screening

Are you at risk for colon cancer? You can find out by answering a variety of questions with our colon cancer screening tool.

May 24, 2018

Gluten-free: What does that mean?

A gluten-free diet helps manage symptoms of celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten. It's important to know how it can affect your overall nutritional needs.

Judy Nichols, N.P. By Judy Nichols May 17, 2018