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Health News - GastroIntestinal

Eighteen ways to reduce bloating
Bloating is common and can be very uncomfortable. A bloated stomach usually occurs due to trapped gas, so removing this gas is key to reducing the bloat. Learn ways of getting rid of bloating quickly, including exercises, supplements, and massage. We also explain how simple lifestyle changes can prevent bloating. (Medical News Today)

What does it mean when your poop is stringy?
Poop changes, depending on what a person eats, and can sometimes look stringy. Both serious and mild conditions that affect the bowels can cause stringy poop. Medical treatment depends on the underlying cause while poop may change naturally once a person changes their diet. Learn more about stringy poop here. (Medical News Today)

What is hypochlorhydria?
People with hypochlorhydria are unable to produce enough stomach acid. This can lead to problems with digestion and nutritional deficiencies. Stress, advancing age, zinc deficiency, or certain medications may be responsible, but prompt treatment can ease symptoms and prevent serious complications. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

'Unseen' stool blood may predict mortality risk
New research suggests that the results of a 'fecal occult blood test' may help to predict the risk of premature death from all causes. (Medical News Today)

Targeting one hormone may help treat bowel cancer
A new study reveals that p38 protein in myeloid cells promotes gut inflammation and tumor formation with help from a hormone triggered by p38 in the cells. (Medical News Today)

What causes malabsorption?
Malabsorption occurs when the body is unable to absorb nutrients from the diet. There is a variety of malabsorption disorders that have different causes, including lactose intolerance. Symptoms might include bloating, diarrhea, and fatigue. Treatment is essential and depends on what is causing the malabsorption. (Medical News Today)

Why does the stomach bloat when starved?
When the body is starved, it undergoes many changes. One of these may be a bloated stomach and retained fluid, which can make a person look plump. This condition is known as kwashiorkor and is caused by a lack of protein in the diet. Kwashiorkor can be fixed by slowly eating more protein and calories. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria and heart health: Is there a link?
A first-of-its-kind study finds a link between having a healthy heart and having a diverse range of beneficial bacteria in one's gut. (Medical News Today)

What to know about colon polyps
Colon polyps are common, especially in those over 50 years of age. Most colon polyps are harmless, though some can become cancerous. A doctor can diagnose colon polyps with a series of exams. Learn how they treat colon polyps and how to prevent them here. (Medical News Today)

Intermittent fasting may benefit people with MS
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition with no known cure, so appropriate symptom management is crucial. Could intermittent fasting help? (Medical News Today)

Which foods are good for constipation?
Constipation is a very common complaint, and a person’s lifestyle and diet often play a role. Eating foods such as yogurt, pulses, wheat bran, and prunes can increase the frequency of bowel movements and relieve symptoms. Here, we explore the causes and treatments of constipation and look at 14 foods that can help. (Medical News Today)

What should you eat while taking antibiotics?
Antibiotics attack and destroy bacteria in the body. They can get rid of an infection, but they can also harm the beneficial bacteria in the gut. In this article, learn which foods can reduce the side effects of antibiotics, promote healing, and restore the balance in the gut microbiome. (Medical News Today)

What causes chest pain and vomiting?
There are many potential causes of chest pain and vomiting, including gastrointestinal issues and panic attacks. Sometimes, however, these symptoms are an early symptom of a heart attack or another cardiac event in adults. Learn more about chest pain and vomiting in adults and children, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

How to treat and prevent bacterial gastroenteritis
Bacterial gastroenteritis, or food poisoning, is a gut infection that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. People with bacterial gastroenteritis need to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Here, we look at the causes, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and complications of bacterial gastroenteritis. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about ascariasis
Ascariasis occurs when a parasitic roundworm infects a person's small intestine. It may not cause symptoms initially, but an extensive infection can lead to dangerous gastrointestinal blockages. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of ascariasis here. (Medical News Today)

How to stop heart palpitations during pregnancy
Heart palpitations sometimes occur during pregnancy. It may feel as though the heart is skipping beats. Usually, the causes are not severe, and the palpitations do not require treatment. However, a pregnant woman should see a doctor for a diagnosis to be sure. Learn more about heart palpitations during pregnancy here. (Medical News Today)

What causes bellybutton pain during pregnancy?
Bellybutton or navel pain is a common occurrence during pregnancy and has a variety of potential causes. Possible reasons for experiencing bellybutton pain include skin stretching, pressure from the growing uterus, and umbilical hernias. In this article, learn how to get relief and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What to know about annular pancreas
An annular pancreas occurs when a rare congenital disorder affects the organ’s development. This disorder causes the pancreas to grow in a ring around part of the small intestine, which can lead to blockages. In this article, we describe the symptoms, causes, and treatments, including surgery, for an annular pancreas. (Medical News Today)

What is a gastrointestinal fistula and what causes one?
A gastrointestinal fistula occurs when part of the digestive tract connects abnormally to the skin or another organ in the body. This severe condition often occurs after surgery and can cause complications such as malnutrition and severe pain. Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal fistulae here. (Medical News Today)

Could treating these immune cells cure IBD?
By identifying a distinct group of CD4 T cells that create and perpetuate intestinal inflammation, scientists could be on track to finding a cure for IBD. (Medical News Today)

What to know about hernias after a cesarean delivery
An incisional hernia is a rare complication of cesarean delivery. Hernias can cause dangerous health issues, so it is important to know the symptoms. In this article, learn about the risk factors for a hernia after cesarean delivery. We also cover the symptoms of a hernia, how to treat it, and the recovery process. (Medical News Today)

How to get more iron from the diet
Iron is an essential nutrient needed to transport oxygen around the body. Its deficiency can lead to anemia. Here, look at how to get more iron in the diet and increase its absorption. We also cover recommend daily allowance, the symptoms and risk factors for iron deficiency, and whether you can get too much iron. (Medical News Today)

How gut bacteria may help to spot and address liver disease
There is a link between the composition of the gut microbiota and the development of liver disease, and this may be key to diagnostic and prevention. (Medical News Today)

Why do I get heart palpitations after I eat?
Some people experience heart palpitations after eating. This could be due to a range of causes, some of which are more serious than others. Specific foods and drinks are often responsible, with studies confirming alcohol as a trigger. Here, learn more about the causes of heart palpitations and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Is drinking ginger water good for health?
Ginger is a well-known traditional remedy for treating a variety of health conditions, such as pain and nausea. Drinking ginger water is a convenient way of consuming ginger for its potential health benefits. Here, we examine the possible benefits and risks of ginger water, as well as how to make it at home. (Medical News Today)

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