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
Colorectal cancer remains one of the most curable cancers—if it’s detected early. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently renewed its advice stating that screening for colorectal cancers should begin at age 50 and continue to at least age 75.
For people age 76 to 85, the USPSTF noted
In the United States, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon (large intestine) and rectum—is the third-most common type of cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death. The vast majority of these cancers are adenocarcinomas, which usually develop from growths of tissue (polyps) known as adenomas on the inner lining of
More evidence that coffee—once thought of as bad for you—is not only safe in typical amounts but might actually help protect your health comes from a new study of colorectal cancer risk. Researchers compared 5,145 patients who had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer within the past six months with a
Severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloody stools: These are just three of many manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Although these symptoms can be uncomfortable and disruptive, most people are able to keep their disease in check. In fact, chances are good that you know someone with IBD, but you don’t know
Q. Help! I have such trouble going to sleep at night, and when I do finally get to sleep, I can’t stay asleep. Are there any strategies or things I can do that could help me get a decent night’s sleep?
A. It’s really important that people get a good night’s
Cancer remains the second most common cause of mortality in the U.S., accounting for nearly one in every four deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014, an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, and 585,720 cancer deaths will occur in the U.S.
You can lower your risks
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Q. I have mild pain in my knee because of osteoarthritis (OA). What’s the latest thinking on the glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement’s effectiveness against OA pain?
A. Study results released in 2006 showed that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements gave significant relief to patients with moderate-to-severe OA pain; however, it was not
Colon cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer for Americans: 150,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year, and 50,000 die from it, according to the American Cancer Society. That said, it also is one of the more treatable cancers, with a five-year survival rate of 90 percent