Tag: inflammatory bowel

Colorectal Cancer Has a High Cure Rate If It’s Detected Early

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

Ulcerative Colitis: Avoid Certain Foods During Flare-Ups

People with the digestive disease ulcerative colitis (UC) have learned the hard way that eating certain foods can make symptoms worse.
“What you eat directly affects gut inflammation, your immune system, and your gut bacteria,” says Colleen Webb, RDN, a dietitian at Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Nourishing Your Microbiota

Microbes—bacteria and other tiny critters not visible to the naked eye but numbering in the trillions—are busy in your body. Many of these microbes benefit you. Others have the potential to cause harm. This community of microbes is called the microbiota. Their genes are called the microbiome.
“In recent years, we’ve

How Probiotics May Benefit Your Health

Probiotics are a hot topic in the world of health and nutrition—but what are they, and what do they do?

“Basically, probiotics are live microorganisms—bacteria or yeasts—that exert beneficial effects on our health,” says Susan Bowerman, MD, RD, co-director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. “Probiotics are believed to

Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

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

Q&A: Flu Shot; Abdominal Pain; Bruising

Q. I received a flu shot this year and still got the flu? Why is this–I thought a shot was supposed to prevent the flu?
A. Despite your own particular case of flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported influenza activity as “moderate” so far this year—small comfort

Life-Saving Advice: Get Screened Before Bowel Cancer Symptoms Occur

Life-Saving Advice: Get Screened Before Bowel Cancer Symptoms Occur

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

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