Gastritis is not a single disease, but rather a condition with several possible causes. The term “gastritis” means inflammation of the stomach lining. When the body’s immune system detects injury (from infection or other causes), it produces gastric pain in the form of inflammation, which triggers processes that promote healing,
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects about 2 in 1,000 Americans. Crohn’s and other forms of IBD are autoimmune diseases, which means the immune system attacks the intestinal lining, resulting in chronic inflammation. The disease can affect any part of the intestine, but usually affects
The diaphragm is a large muscle that separates your chest and abdominal cavity. The diaphragm contains an opening called the hiatus, through which your esophagus passes to connect to the stomach. In some people, especially those who are overweight, over age 50, or who smoke, the stomach bulges up through
You’re probably seeing a lot more “gluten-free” options on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus these days. That’s because gluten—proteins found in wheat, barley, triticale, and rye—can trigger your body to attack the lining of your small intestine if you have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that can damage the lining
Q. My husband has a small brain aneurysm. What are the chances that it will rupture?
A. Brain aneurysms are weak, bulging areas in arteries that supply blood to the brain. They have a greater chance of rupturing if they are growing larger than if they remain stable, according to recent
Stomach pain, a burning sensation in the upper abdomen, bloating, belching, an uncomfortable feeling of fullness, and nausea are some commonly reported symptoms of indigestion. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, you’d probably like to prevent indigestion whenever possible.
Preventing Indigestion: Expert Tips
“To prevent indigestion, how you eat your food
Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood, tissues, and urine. Accumulating uric acid crystallizes and takes on a needle-like shape, jabbing into the joints (usually the big toe, but also other joints, including those of the mid-foot, ankle, knees,
Eating disorders are more prevalent in young adults, but they can develop later in life too. Compared to men, women are twice as likely to have an eating disorder. According to Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon, PhD, Clinical Psychology Director for the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight Program, undereating, dieting, or just attempting
No one wants to talk about constipation, but just about everyone has to deal with it at some point. Remedies for constipation vary, but most of us would rather resolve it without the use of medications.
Constipation, usually defined as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week, may be
People who struggle with feelings of anxiety frequently turn to medications to help ease their symptoms. However, the large number of medications and their varying characteristics can sometimes make it challenging to find the medication most likely to restore normal mood with a minimum of side effects. We asked an