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All About Hepatitis

All About Hepatitis

by Shearly (SU)
Hepatitis is a serious liver condition, usually caused by a virus. In some rare cases, hepatitis can also be caused by certain medications. Hepatitis causes swelling (inflammation) of the liver, and can cause scarring, which may damage the liver and prevent it from functioning normally. There are five major strains of viral hepatitis, each one causing inflammation of the liver. They can vary in severity and treatability. The five kinds of hepatitis are type A, B, C, D and E. It is possible to have more than one strain of hepatitis at once.

What Causes Peptic Ulcers?

What Causes Peptic Ulcers?

by Shearly (SU)
If you are like one out of every ten Americans, you may suffer from the burning, gnawing pain caused by a peptic ulcer. Peptic ulcers are sores, or breaks in the lining of the stomach. Many people think that peptic ulcers are caused by stress, excessive gastric acid, or diet, however medical research has yet to bear this out. If it is not stress, excess stomach acid, or what you eat, what really does cause peptic ulcers?

Can You Have a Gluten Sensitivity Without Celiac Disease?

Can You Have a Gluten Sensitivity Without Celiac Disease?

by Shearly (SU)
The quick answer is yes. You can have a sensitivity to gluten without having celiac disease. In fact, it is called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This condition is generally diagnosed after ruling out full-blown celiac disease (as well as other medical conditions, including wheat and grain allergies).

The Complete Guide to Colon Cancer

The Complete Guide to Colon Cancer

by Shearly (SU)
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, with over 95,000 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also the third leading cause of death in women, and the second leading cause of cancer related death in men. Men are at a slightly higher risk for colon cancer than women. It stands at 1 out of every 21 for men, and 1 out of every 23 for women. While the statistics may be worrying, there is some good news about colon cancer, because the death rate has been falling for the last few decades, with more than one million survivors of colon and rectal cancer in the US today.

 Don’t Let OTC Solutions Damage Your GI Tract

Don’t Let OTC Solutions Damage Your GI Tract

by Shearly (SU)
In our previous post, we discussed disorders which impact the digestive system. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract plays an integral role in this system, acting as the pathway that takes food from the mouth, through the esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines, before the body extracts the nutrients it needs and then passes the residual waste.