Tag: gastroenterology

Keto Diet: The Fat-Burning Health Benefits of Ketogenic Diet Foods

Keto Diet: The Fat-Burning Health Benefits of Ketogenic Diet Foods

Originally developed in 1924 to treat epilepsy, the ketogenic diet has most recently rose in popularity as the latest and greatest miracle weight-loss plan. Additionally, proponents of the ketogenic diet—or keto diet, as it’s commonly known—advertise health benefits ranging from glucose control to treatment of Alzheimer’s. But, what does the

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic or inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects approximately 30,000 Americans, leading to chronic health problems and premature death. Advances in treatment, however, have dramatically improved outcomes in the past 20 years.

In people with cystic fibrosis, or CF, the mucus produced by

Psychobiotics: Best Probiotics for Mood?

Psychobiotics: Best Probiotics for Mood?

It’s hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression. But an explosion of research into the fascinating world of the gut-brain connection is showing just that. We now know that you can

News Briefs: Blood Sugar Levels & Pancreatic Cancer; Depression & Brain Aging; Gut Bacteria & Pleasure Eating

Elevated Blood Sugar Levels Associated With Pancreatic Cancer
Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer can develop elevated blood sugar levels up to three years before their cancer diagnosis, according to the results of studies by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the journal Gastroenterology. “Pancreatic cancer is rapidly fatal after its diagnosis, with average

Ask the Experts: Septic Arthritis; Virtual Colonospocy; Energy Drinks

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

11. Rerouting the Digestive System

As you have learned, the digestive system exists to extract the nutrients we need from food. In the modern world, where food is abundant and choices abound, eating too much is common. When we eat more than we need, the body stores the extra calories as fat. Fat isn’t all

3. Diseases and Disorders of the Esophagus

After you chew and swallow food, it travels down your esophagus and into the stomach. Most of the time, you don’t even think about the simple, everyday act of chewing and swallowing—after all, you’ve been doing it since you were born. But sometimes, people have trouble chewing their food into

9. Diseases and Disorders of the Colon

After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of

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