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What is a Capsule Endoscopy?

What is a Capsule Endoscopy?

by Shearly (SU)
When a doctor needs to see what is going on in a patient’s GI track, they may perform a capsule endoscopy. What, exactly, is a capsule endoscopy? A capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera (in a pill-like capsule) that is essentially ingested and passes through your system, taking pictures of your digestive track.

Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer Mortality Study

Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer Mortality Study

by Shearly (SU)
A new study by the American Cancer Society recently highlighted the fact that deaths due to rectal and colon cancer are on the rise. Adults under the age of 55 are dying at a higher rate than they have in the past. What makes this even more serious is that adults under the age of 50 are rarely advised to undergo screenings for rectal and colon cancer. As yet, the specific reason for younger patients developing colon and rectal cancer, and the higher mortality rate, has not yet been well established.

Chronic Heartburn and Esophageal Cancer

Chronic Heartburn and Esophageal Cancer

by Shearly (SU)
Do you have frequent heartburn? Chronic heartburn (occurring two or more times a week) can indicate an underlying condition that may be damaging your esophagus. In fact, chronic heartburn has been linked to esophageal cancer. This does not mean that you automatically have or will get esophageal cancer, only that it is one of several risk factors for the disease.

Hepatitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Hepatitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

by Shearly (SU)
Hepatitis is a potentially serious disease that attacks and inflames the liver. There are five basic types of hepatitis: A, B, C, D, and E. Most cases of hepatitis are caused by a virus, however there are other causes, including medications, illicit drug use, excessive alcohol consumption, toxins, autoimmune disorders, and even obesity. At Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates, we understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hepatitis. We wanted to share some more information on this serious condition, because there are several different types of hepatitis that vary in severity.

Celiac Disease or a Gluten Sensitivity?

Celiac Disease or a Gluten Sensitivity?

by Shearly (SU)
Many people have heard of Celiac disease (also known as celiac sprue, gluten-induced enteropathy, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy), however not as many are familiar with the far more common, non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The main difference between the two is that full blown celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders are diseases in which the immune system no longer recognizes its own tissue, and begins to attack it as if they were foreign invaders.