Tag: bowel movements
No one wants to talk about constipation, but just about everyone has to deal with it at some point. Usually defined as having less than three bowel movements in a week, constipation may be linked to diet and hydration issues, or to an underlying medical condition.
“For most people, eating a
As many as one-third of women experience the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), a wide range of issues that often go undiagnosed and undertreated. The incidence of PFD increases with age.
There are things known today about pelvic floor dysfunction that weren’t known just a few years ago.
“We know that
A recent report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) indicates that colorectal cancer rates, and the rate of death from the disease, have fallen in people age 50 and older. ACS experts conclude that the declines are probably due to increased screening for the disease.
Several screening methods are available, with
Let’s be honest: Hemorrhoids are not an easy topic of conversation for most people. However, they’re very common. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, about 75 percent of us experience hemorrhoids sometime during our lives.
If you have ever suffered the pain, itching, burning, or
Scientists attribute C-diff’s spread to unnecessary and incorrect use of antibiotics, which can wipe out beneficial bacteria in the gut, opening an opportunity for C. difficile to infect the colon. While C-diff isn’t (yet) drug-resistant, stronger strains of this bacteria are emerging, and the CDC recently identified it as one
About 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid condition, according to the American Thyroid Association. The most common thyroid diseases have been identified as autoimmune diseases—conditions in which your immune system attacks healthy tissue rather than attacking only foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.
“Thyroid disease is more common
What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward
Most people have an occasional stomachache or a burning sensation in their chest from time to time, but how do you know when peptic ulcer symptoms may be at play? A peptic ulcer is a sore that forms on the inner lining of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the