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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
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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