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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

Don’t Let Inflammatory Bowel Disease Restrict Your Activities

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

5 Foods to Help Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is a term that’s commonly used but poorly grasped. “Think of inflammation as irritating chemicals that are released by your immune cells, producing swelling, redness, and pain,” says Susan Blum, MD, MPH, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan (Scribner, 2013). “When the immune system is triggered to release

Q&A: MERS Virus; Memory Lapses; IBD; Sleep

Q. I’m concerned about the MERS virus that’s supposed to be heading our way. Is there real cause for concern? If so, are there any preventive measures we can take?
A. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is a coronavirus from the same family as the SARS virus, a respiratory

The Benefit of Olives; Carrageenan Safety

Q: Are olives healthy, even though they are high in sodium?

A: Although olives seem to get most of their attention for their heart-healthy oil, olives by themselves offer important health benefits. Whether they’re Greek-style black olives, Spanish-style green olives, Kalamata, French, or Californian, olives are a plant food rich in

Bowel Cancer Risk Reduced through 5 Healthy Behaviors

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

Viruses and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

More than 1 million people suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as  Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The diseases involve misdirected immune system attacks on gut tissue that cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to chronic diarrhea, abdominal

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