Gastroenterology Articles & Stories

Oregano Can Reduce Inflammation

Oregano Can Reduce Inflammation

Oil of oregano has been touted as a cure-all, capable of treating conditions ranging from diarrhea to rheumatism. Various sources have lauded its supposed capability to relieve intestinal gas, sore throat, sinusitis, breathing problems, dandruff, diaper rash, bee stings, and venomous bites. Ex... Read More


New Hope for Victims of Crohn's Disease

New Hope for Victims of Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is a condition associated with chronic intestinal inflammation that causes pain, bleeding, and diarrhea, affecting 400,000 to 600,000 people in North America. There are several innovative therapies that are on the horizon that may revolutionize how we treat this problematic dis... Read More


Some Colon Cancers May Be Caused by Diarrheal Bacteria

Some Colon Cancers May Be Caused by Diarrheal Bacteria

Bacteria that cause diarrhea may also be the cause of some colon cancers, according to research from John Hopkins University. The investigators believe that strains of the common Bacteroides fragilis (ETBF) trick immune systems cells into allowing runaway colon tissue inflammation - a precurso... Read More


Understanding "Good" Fat May Help Fight Obesity

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A recent understanding of the origins of brown fat cells - the "good" kind of fat that burns energy and keeps us warm - may lead to the discovery of new treatments for obesity. Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston said they used a single molecular switch to turn immature ... Read More


Genetic Defect May Improve Treatments for Gut Diseases

Genetic Defect May Improve Treatments for Gut Diseases

New findings concerning an uncommon genetic disorder may impact the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, the most common chronic gastrointestinal illness in children and teens. Inflammatory disease occurs in the form of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and affects appro... Read More


Ginseng Combination Helps Bowel Movements

Ginseng Combination Helps Bowel Movements

Ginseng, with two other ingredients that together form a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, promotes gastrointestinal health and regular bowel movements, a recent study showed.     The findings, published in the journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility , revealed that Da... Read More


Virtual Colonoscopy Rivals Standard Colonoscopy for Accuracy

Virtual Colonoscopy Rivals Standard Colonoscopy for Accuracy

Recent studies are demonstrating that Computerized tomographic (CT) colonography, also known as virtual colonoscopy, is as accurate as standard colonoscopy in its ability to accurately detect cancer and precancerous polyps. Recent studies are demonstrating that Computerized tomographic (CT) c... Read More


How Obesity Abets Type 2 Diabetes

How Obesity Abets Type 2 Diabetes

Human fat can be healthy or sick - healthy in lean people and sick in obese. And a new research effort shows sick fat cells can produce proteins that contribute to type 2 diabetes. The study, performed by researchers at Temple University, discovered that fat cells in obese people bear a great... Read More


How Stress Causes Weight Gain

How Stress Causes Weight Gain

The mounting stress in today's society leads to a vicious descending spiral of ever-increasing weight gain. But the good news is that the spiral is not inevitable and can be reversed and transcended. "In times of economic hardship and stress, people gain weight," said Dr. Sasson Moulavi, a ba... Read More


Incision-Free Technique Treats Gastric-Bypass Weight Regain

Incision-Free Technique Treats Gastric-Bypass Weight Regain

A few doctors around the United States are beginning to use an elegant new procedure to reduce the size of the stomach, without incisions, in gastric-bypass-surgery patients who have started to regain weight. Because their stapled stomachs start to stretch out and enlarge, some 44 percent of ... Read More


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