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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.

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?

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