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Posts for: June, 2015

Colorectal cancer risks are lower with high-quality colonoscopies, study says. Higher-quality colonoscopies, as determined by adenoma detection rates, may reduce the risk of colon cancer and colon cancer mortality by 50% to 60%, based on a study on nearly 57,600 patients in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California health care system published in JAMA.  Healio (free registration) (6/16)HealthDay News(6/16) | Read the full article here.  


June 15, 2015
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Peptic ulcers are painful sores on the lining of the esophagus, stomach or small intestine, and they affect approximately 50 million Americans each year, according to a 2007 study in the journal American Family Physician.

Physicians long thought that stress and spicy food caused people to develop the sores — an explanation that seemed to make sense, given that ulcer patients often complain about burning pain after eating spicy food. So for almost 100 years, doctors prescribed a treatment involving rest and a bland diet.

In 1982, Australian researchers Barry Marshall and Robin Warren discovered that the real culprit behind ulcers is the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which burrows into the stomach's mucosal lining. Thanks to this finding, doctors have come up with a better treatment for ulcers: antibiotics.


June 15, 2015
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One of the most touted health benefits of Greek yogurt is the probiotics it contains. These healthy bacteria help promote a healthy gut. Your digestive tract naturally contains lots of different types of bacteria – some good, helping you digest food, and some potentially harmful. Eating Greek yogurt with probiotics helps increase the good bacteria in your gut. And the more good bacteria you take in, the less room there is for the bad varieties to grow. Maintaining this healthy balance of friendly bacteria can help with several digestive issues.


June 15, 2015
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Upper endoscopy usually is performed to evaluate possible problems with the esophagus, stomach or duodenum, and evaluate symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, or intestinal bleeding anemia. Upper endoscopy is more accurate than X-ray for detecting inflammation or smaller abnormalities such as ulcers or tumors within the reach of the instrument. Its other major advantage over X-ray is the ability to perform biopsies (obtain small pieces of tissue) or cytology (obtain some cells with a fine brush) for microscopic examination to determine the nature of the abnormality and whether any abnormality is benign or malignant (cancerous). 


June 01, 2015
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Cells along the inner wall of the stomach secrete roughly 2 liters (0.5 gallons) of hydrochloric acid each day, which helps kill bacteria and aids in digestion. If hydrochloric acid sounds familiar to you, it may be because the powerful chemical is commonly used to remove rust and scale from steel sheets and coils, and is also found in some cleaning supplies, including toilet-bowl cleaners.

To protect itself from the corrosive acid, the stomach lining has a thick coating of mucus. But this mucus can't buffer the digestive juices indefinitely, so the stomach produces a new coat of mucus every two weeks.

 




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