An early diagnosis for colorectal cancer is the best chance for successful treatment, and colonoscopy remains the gold standard screening test for the disease, since your doctor can remove any potentially cancerous growths during the procedure. Even so, colonoscopy rates still aren’t where they should be, according to federal data
We’re looking at mammography in this month’s issue, and specifically at its use in women age 75 and older. It’s a topic that often is raised by my patients, many of whom are unsure whether the test remains advisable once they reach their seventies. In fact, screening for older adults
Being constipated stinks—your bowel movements are dry, almost painful to pass, with little relief. Worse yet, you can manage to push something through only a couple of days a week. You feel bloated, fatigued, and just plain uncomfortable. It’s all you can think about. And, after a week or so,
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term that encompasses ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. These two conditions can significantly disrupt your daily life with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, and fatigue. Fortunately, doctors now have a much better understanding of these diseases, and many treatment
Here’s the deal: A benign tumor is still a tumor. No, it’s not cancer, but it’s still an abnormal growth that shouldn’t be present in your body. And anything abnormal, including a benign tumor, needs to be monitored, at the very least.
Obviously, the diagnosis of a benign tumor is better
You can play a major role in the success of your hip replacement (Feb, 6)
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With 16 million people expected to have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the year 2050, researchers are in a race against time to find an effective treatment, or better yet, a cure. However, progress on a drug that might halt or reverse dementia has been slow, and largely disappointing. Over the
Q: A friend of mine was recently told that she has septic arthritis. Can you tell me more about this condition?
A: Septic arthritis develops from an infection in the body that travels to a joint through the bloodstream. One common culprit is the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which is present even
The small intestine—which is about 22 feet long—is where much of the digestion process takes place as nutrients are broken down into sugar, amino acids, and fatty acids before they enter the bloodstream. Here is a look at some of the conditions that can affect the health of the small
In many cases, a digestive disorder can be diagnosed from common symptoms, a physical exam, and simple blood tests. But many digestive disorders share symptoms, making diagnosis tricky. Plus, some diseases, like colon cancer, need to be detected before symptoms appear so they can be effectively treated. In these incidences,