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What is Causing your Abdominal Pain?

What is Causing your Abdominal Pain?

by Shearly (SU)
Nothing makes you feel more uncomfortable and disrupts a good time than a stomachache, otherwise referred to as abdominal pain. The reason for your abdominal pain could be related to your diet, related to an issue with an organ, or even an injury. If you find that you frequently experience abdominal pain, consider your symptoms, the type of pain (is it dull, sharp, frequent, intermittent?) and where it’s located to help you get to the bottom of it.

A Helpful Guide to Hiatal Hernias

A Helpful Guide to Hiatal Hernias

by Shearly (SU)
At Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates (AAGA), we believe that an informed patient is a healthier, happier patient. That’s why we created this complete guide to hiatal hernias. A hiatal hernia is frequently associated with GERD, which stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. When experiencing GERD, stomach acids reflux back up into the esophagus, creating feelings of burning, pain and potentially causing damage to the esophagus.

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.