A Pain In The Nose: How Your Allergies Might Save Your Life

Are you one of the millions of Americans who struggles with asthma and hay fever? A recent study might be able to make you feel better about that fact. A new study showed that people who have both hay fever and asthma might be less likely to die from colon cancer. According to data presented at the 11th Annual AACR … Continue reading »

Could gene mutation be responsible for multiple colon polyps in some people?

If you have a family history of colon disease, or even colon cancer, certain genes may be the culprits. A new study from a team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that two “germline mutations,” DNA changes that are passed from parent to child, might cause multiple colorectal polyps. The findings may help determine who would benefit from … Continue reading »

Probiotics can offer digestive health benefits

Could yogurt help prevent your gastrointestinal discomfort? Probiotics are the bacteria found in certain stomach-happy foods such as yogurt. They help minimize bad bacteria and promote digestive health. When the digestive tract does not have enough of these good bacteria, diarrhea or cramping may result. The lack of probiotics is often caused by the consumption of an antibiotic used to … Continue reading »

Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber: What’s The Difference?

Get more fiber into your diet. Eating high-fiber foods is great for your digestive system, and can help lessen your chances of developing colon cancer, or other problems such as indigestion or even hemorrhoids. OK, but what kind of fiber should you eat? Here’s a quick rundown on the two types of fiber. Soluble and insoluble fibers  have different affects … Continue reading »

Medication can affect digestion

Could you be developing hemorrhoids from your prescription? Depending on how your medication affects your nerves or body fluids, this type of digestive issue can be a fairly common side effect. Constipation can occur when the medicine affects the nerve and muscle activity of the colon, slowing down the process.  A medication may also affect intestinal liquid, hardening the stool, … Continue reading »

Saturated fats common in processed food may trigger IBS

Could a burger and fries be triggering your IBS? Since your digestive system has to put in extra work to break down saturated fats it could fall victim to IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal condition that can cause a variety of symptoms, such as constipation, gas or diarrhea. Although most symptoms can be avoided through a healthy … Continue reading »

Aspirin & Peptic Ulcers: What You Should Know

Got a stomach ache? Hopefully it’s just a twinge of indigestion, but it also could be something much more serious, like a peptic ulcer. These are small sores in the lining of your stomach, and require specific treatments to cure. Too much spicy foods and stress are two major causes of peptic ulcers, but there’s another culprit that you may … Continue reading »

The Many Benefits of Advocacy

Whether it’s buying a car, choosing the healthiest breakfast cereal or being up to date on the latest healthcare news, the old saying is true: An informed consumer is a smart consumer. Being an advocate means nipping problems in the bud. When it comes to healthcare, that means not being afraid to seek out medical attention. Many people are skipping … Continue reading »

Blood-Pressure Med Symptoms Mimic Celiac Disease

A report from the Mayo Clinic suggests that omesartan, a medication for high blood pressure, can cause symptoms that mimic celiac disease. The news is important because Benicar, the name the drug is sold under, is heavily prescribed. The patients who developed the problem were all older, and saw their conditions improve after they stopped taking the drug. They also … Continue reading »

Finding Reliable Health Information Online

The Internet supplies a wealth of resources when you search for health-related advice. Trusting the information on just any website could be risky for your health, so it is important to be able to evaluate the good from the bad.  Go ahead and do the online research in preparation for talking with your doctor, but follow these steps to be … Continue reading »