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With Opioid Crisis, a Surge in Hepatitis C

It’s no secret that the opioid epidemic has become a worldwide crisis in recent years and with the rise of intravenous drug use comes the rise of Hepatitis C.  Hepatitis C infects tens of thousands of young drug users, mainly in Appalachian, Midwestern and New England states The Pew Charitable Trusts, written by Christine Vestal. […]

Death rates from colon cancer are increasing for white Americans under 55

Throughout the years, the age to start getting checked for colon cancer with a colonoscopy is age 55 but recent findings are stating you might want to start earlier than that. Since 2004 there has been an increase in colon cancer among white Americans under the age of 55 by 1.4 percent annually. These findings […]

Playground Sandboxes Now Pose a Health Threat

As if moms needed more things to worry about, lets add playground sandboxes to the mix. A recent study done by researchers in Spain examined 40 sandboxes in order to evaluate the presence of C. difficile in them. C difficile is also known as Clostridium Difficile, a bacteria that lives in the intestines and causes […]

Depression, anxiety levels higher in all IBS subtypes

A recent meta-analysis performed by the Brain-Gut Axis Research Group of the Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility shows “Patients with irritable bowel syndrome, regardless of subtype, show higher levels of depression and anxiety compared with healthy controls”. The most predominant subtype for elevated levels of both depression and anxiety would be patients with IBS-C, […]

5 Science-Backed Ways to Have a Healthier Weekend

You work out and eat healthy all week then suddenly it’s the weekend and all bets are off. You take a sharp detour from your weekday efforts and allow yourself to sleep in, skip your workout, drink beer and eat pizza. “A study from Cornell University found that people tend to weigh a little bit […]

Screening and early treatment of hepatitis c in baby boomers will reduce the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver, thereby reducing the risk of liver cancer.

“Death rates from liver cancer in the U.S. have doubled since the 1980s and continue to rise, largely due to risk factors like hepatitis that should be the focus of better treatment and prevention efforts”, researchers say in an article published on Reuters Health. The deaths from liver cancer continue to rise faster than any […]

More Than 10 Percent of World’s Population Is Obese, Study Finds

The obesity crisis has swept the world and now more than 10 percent of the world’s population is obese. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine show “the problem had swept the globe, including regions that have historically had food shortages, like Africa.” The study looked at essentially the world’s population, finding […]

July 4th Health Tips

You’ve been working hard to incorporate some healthy habits into your life – increasing your veggie intake, consuming more whole grains, adding more physical activity to your day, etc. But while July 4th should be a day to celebrate, many people are worried about derailing their newfound healthy habits, which isn’t the best way to […]

If Raw Fruits Or Veggies Give You A Tingly Mouth, It’s A Real Syndrome

Fruit is not on the top of the list of allergenic foods with the top culprits being eggs, fish and nuts. But some people who are allergic to pollen can develop allergic reactions to common fruits and vegetables. The condition is called oral allergy syndrome or OAS. “People who have OAS are allergic to plant […]

ARE PPIS ASSOCIATED WITH INCREASED RISK OF GASTROINTESTINAL INFECTIONS?

The new year started with a study that found PPI’s or acid suppression medications, were associated with an increased rate of the stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, in patients. The study started in 1999 and concluded in 2013 in Scotland where 188,313 participants taking PPIs and 376,646 participants who were not taking any acid suppression medications […]

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