Men Are Getting More Screening Colonoscopies Due To Medicare Payment Changes

Kaiser Health News reported that “men are getting more screening colonoscopies since the health law reduced how much Medicare beneficiaries pay out of pocket for the preventive tests, a recent study found.” However, there were no changes to women’s rates. Starting in 2011, the ACA “waived the Medicare Part B deductible (which totals $147 annually […]

Digestive CARE Colon Cancer Prevention PSA 2016

Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is unique in that it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.

Stomach Growls After Eating Are Common Source of Embarrassment

Don’t be embarrassed, it is your body at work The noise we attribute to the stomach growl, is actually not coming from your stomach at all. It is coming from your intestines. The process causing the noises: digestion. Your intestines are hollow tubes which allow food and liquids to flow through them. Acid travels through […]

Dietitian: American diet makes it easy to consume too much sodium

Americans can consume more than recommended amounts of daily sodium before they even reach for a salt shaker because 80% of sodium intake comes from processed, packaged and restaurant foods, including 10 common items such as bread and cheese, said registered dietitian Debbie Petitpain. To cut back on sodium, Petitpain said to compare nutrition labels, […]

Cirrhosis rates in HCV patients higher than estimated, study suggests

A study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found the rate of cirrhosis among chronic hepatitis C patients may be up to four times higher than previous estimates because many patients are not coded correctly in medical records. Dr. Stuart Gordon at Henry Ford Health System said data showed that half of patients with a […]

Some Extra Weight May Be Linked To A Longer Life For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Reuters (5/5, Begley) reports that a study published May 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine provides a further example of what researchers refer to as the obesity paradox. Health Day (5/5, Reinberg, 16K) reports that “some extra weight may be linked to a longer life for people with type 2 diabetes.” After examining “data […]

Eating a Fiber-Rich Diet Enhances Beneficial Gut Microbes, Experts Say

The bacteria in the gut eat what we eat, and food choices affect whether the gut microbiome is weak or strong and diverse, scientists say. A recent study suggests that eating high-fiber foods encourages the growth of Akkermansia muciniphila, which is tied to leanness and improved glucose tolerance. Gut bacteria produce short-chain fatty acids when […]

Poor Diet Can Lead to Constipation

Keep It Moving… Poor Diet Can Lead to Constipation This is one time you want to go to the bathroom and can’t! Many of us are all too familiar with bowing over with stomach pains or sitting on our porcelain thrones hoping to just move our bowels in order to feel better. So, now you’re […]

Happy Independence Day!

Americans love to celebrate Fourth of July by either gathering at beaches, having picnics in the park, hosting or attending family reunions barbecues in the backyard and of course enjoying elaborate firework displays. Which ever way you decide to enjoy America’s birthday, delicious food is sure to be involved. Here are a few quick, easy […]

Diet, Exercise, Managing Stress May Help Reduce IBS Symptoms

Identifying diet triggers, reducing stress and trying over-the-counter supplements may help manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, according to clinicians. A study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found physical activity led to a reduction in IBS symptoms. However, experts advise seeing a gastroenterologist if problems persist.

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