If you think you’ll be missing out on a host of nutrients if you eat vegetarian or vegan, think again: Vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful and nutritionally adequate if they are appropriately planned, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans tend to
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Don’t Ignore an Abnormal Stool Test
Colonoscopy isn’t the only screening test for colorectal cancer—the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) also screens for the disease by detecting small amounts of blood in the stool. Unlike colonoscopy, FIT doesn’t require any fasting or “bowel prep,” and it can be completed entirely by mail.
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
In October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research organization within the World Health Organization (WHO), released a report highlighting processed meat risks. Specifically, the report links processed meats to an increased risk of cancer; the IARC estimates that every 50-gram (1.8-ounce) portion of processed meat
Q: My doctor uses “DO” after his name, but my sister’s doctor uses “MD.” What is the difference?
A: “DO” means doctor of osteopathy, while “MD” means medical doctor. Both types of doctors receive the standard medical training necessary to be a fully qualified physician. However, a DO is also trained
Newsbriefs: Robot Sleeve Treatment for Heart Failure; Colonoscopy Alternatives; Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Soft Robot Sleeve Helps Ailing Hearts Beat
Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot sleeve that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially offering new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure. In animal tests, the soft robotic sleeve twisted and compressed
Recent research has mined the field of diet patterns that lower environmental impact, demonstrating that a plant-based diet has a lower impact. And now a recent study has taken that concept a step further by linking diet to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by medical care.
Researchers at the University of
Q. What is psoriatic arthritis, and what makes it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory arthritis; its symptoms mimic other forms of arthritis, so it is often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, changes in nails, such
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 that
Diarrhea is a digestive disorder that happens to just about everyone at some time. Loose, watery stools, cramps, bloating, and frequent bathroom trips are all common symptoms.
So what causes diarrhea? There are all kinds of potential triggers; these are among the most common:
Food intolerances. Lactose intolerance and other conditions that