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Anyone who has suffered with food poisoning knows how painful it is. Check out our video where we discuss this condition in detail.
Transcript: If you've never come down with food poisoning, consider yourself lucky. This stomach ailment -- typically...
If you've never come down with food poisoning, consider yourself lucky. This stomach ailment -- typically caused by eating food or drinking fluids contaminated with bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins - can result in: A fever or chills, Headache, Nausea, Stomach cramping, Vomiting, Diarrhea and fatigue within 2 to 6 hours of eating or drinking the contaminated food. Really, it's no picnic. However, some people have been known to come down with food poisoning after eating at a picnic or large social functions; in school, work or other cafeterias; at restaurants, especially buffets or from street vendors. In the U.S., bacteria such as Staphylococcus or Escherichia coli -- E. coli are commonly responsible for most food poisoning cases, but foodborne parasites such as protozoa, roundworms, and tapeworms can also be to blame. These bacteria and parasites can contaminate: Raw seafood; Undercooked meats or eggs; Meat that has been improperly processed or has come in contact with intestinal bacteria; Unrefrigerated dairy products; Fruits and vegetables that have not been washed properly; Food prepared by a person who did not wash his or her hands properly; Food prepared with contaminated utensils. Most people fully recover within 12 - 48 hours, as long as they drink plenty of fluids and make sure they protect their electrolyte balance with replacement drinks like Gatorade. But if you get hit with this gut-wrenching problem and are pregnant, have a serious medical condition, such as kidney disease or diabetes, a weakened immune system or have recently traveled out of the U.S., you'll want to see your doctor. You'll also want to see a doctor if: There is pus or blood in your stool; Diarrhea lasts more than 5 days; Your heart is racing, pounding, or skipping beats. The doctor may take a stool culture and draw blood to rule out any other conditions. If your symptoms are from food poisoning, the doctor probably won't prescribe you anything. In most circumstances, you don't want to take something that stops diarrhea. You want to expel the toxins. Instead, the doctor will probably suggest nutrient-rich fluids and some bed rest until you recover. To learn about other common digestive ailments, check out other video in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-12 | Tags »
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We've all had digestive problems -- abdominal cramps, gas, constipation or diarrhea. Take our survey to see how other people deal with them.
Last Modified: 2012-06-19 | Tags »
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Feeling a little gassy? Maybe you haven't gone in days? Or maybe you can't stop going? See if you know the cause of these-and more-tummy troubles.
Last Modified: 2012-06-18 | Tags »
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Treating and Diagnosing Colorectal Cancer at an early stage is more affective with a 90% recovery rate. Learn more about the disease and its treatment in this video.
Transcript: Colorectal cancer affects hundreds of thousands and causes more than 50,000 deaths each year. So can...
Colorectal cancer affects hundreds of thousands and causes more than 50,000 deaths each year. So can colorectal cancer be cured? Colorectal cancer can be cured, but only if it's caught early. When diagnosed and treated quickly, five-year survival rates are usually around 90 percent! The standard treatment for cancer in the colon and rectum is surgery, which involves removing the tumor, a small amount of healthy tissue on either side of the cancer, and nearby lymph nodes. If the rectum is affected as well as the colon, the rectum will also be removed. After removal of the rectum, the surgeon will create an opening on the abdominal wall, called a colostomy. A bag is then attached to this opening, allowing body waste to be expelled. Some patients, like those with cancer in an early stage, or those with pre-cancerous polyps, may not need to undergo a full surgery. Instead, a doctor may perform a minimally invasive laparascopic procedure, which doesn't require a large incision. a. Instead, a few small cuts are made on the abdomen, b. and a lighted, flexible tube, called a laparascope, c. is inserted into the body. The laparascope transmits pictures of the intestines onto a video monitor, allowing the surgeon to see them. Surgical instruments are then inserted through the small incisions and the tumors are removed. Sometimes, the size or location of a tumor may make it difficult to perform surgery. In addition, surgery is less effective for cancers that are more advanced, attached to an internal organ, or to the abdomen lining. In patients such as these, radiation therapy, which is treatment with high-energy x-rays, may be used to kill cancer cells. Although radiation treatment is effective, side effects can include skin irritation in the treated areas, fatigue, nausea, and low libido. Chemotherapy is a treatment which uses medication to kill cancer cells. It is often the method of choice for cancer that has spread to adjacent lymph nodes or that has penetrated more deeply into the colon. The treatment can also be used to destroy microscopic cancer cells which may remain after colorectal surgery. This is known as adjuvant therapy. Chemotherapy medication can be taken orally, intravenously, or it can be injected directly into the artery leading to the tumor, which is called regional chemotherapy. Chemotherapy may also have temporary, but severe, side effects, including nausea and vomiting, hair loss, and extreme fatigue. In addition to these current treatments, new research is being conducted to find alternative therapies, as well as more effective cures for advanced cancers. Colorectal cancer can be life-threatening if allowed to progress, yet it can usually be cured with early treatment! Therefore, it's important to talk to your doctor about regular screening if you're over 50, or if you have a family history of cancer.More »
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Looking and reading your poop might sound strange but it is a very good habit to have. It can help you diagnose a lot of health related issues. Click here to learn more.
Transcript: Everybody poops. Almost everybody looks at it. And that's smart. Its shape, color, consistency and buoyancy...
Everybody poops. Almost everybody looks at it. And that's smart. Its shape, color, consistency and buoyancy can tell you a lot about your digestive and overall health. In fact, it's so informative that there is an official diagnostic chart -- The Bristol Stool Chart -- that describes feces in three categories: Those indicating constipation are: * Separate hard lumps, like nuts. Usually hard to pass. * Sausage-shaped but lumpy. Those indicating that everything is operating optimally: * Sausage-shaped but with cracks on the surface. * Sausage-shaped or snake-like, usually smooth and soft. And those that are too soft or that indicate diarrhea. They range from soft but formed shapes to entirely liquid without solid pieces. Color also matters: Normally feces are brownish. That's from the digestive fluids, bile and bilirubin, that are in them. Yellow indicates either an infection, such as Giardiasis, that's caused by a parasite, or Gilbert's Syndrome, that comes from excess bilirubin. A whitish, clay color indicates a lack of bilirubin and is a sign of a medical emergency. Black indicates the presence of digested blood, typically due to bleeding in the upper digestive tract, such as from a peptic ulcer. Medications including those for indigestion and dietary supplements, such as iron pills, can turn feces black. Eating foods high in animal blood, and those containing beetroot, black licorice, or blueberries can turn feces black, too. If you have black, tar-like sticky stool, you should see a doctor immediately since this could indicate internal bleeding. Bright red indicates the presence of undigested blood, either from lower in the digestive tract, hemorrhoids, or from a more active source in the upper digestive tract. Beets could also be responsible. If you see large amounts of blood in the toilet, go to the doctor immediately. Green indicates the feces moved too rapidly through the intestines or that there is a large amount of unprocessed bile in the digestive tract. It could also be the result of consuming too much green or blue food dye. Blue indicates too much consumption of foods and drink containing blue food dye. Food may sometimes make an appearance in the feces. Common undigested foods found in human feces are seeds, nuts, corn and beans, mainly because of their high dietary fiber content. Some people even spot parasites such as pinworms and/or eggs in their feces. This indicates an infection. As for buoyancy, your feces can either sink or float. Now while most people think it's an increase in fat content that makes feces float, it's actually an increase in gas caused by either malabsorption of nutrients or an infection. Getting your feces to sink may be possible by some probiotics into your diet. Remember though, all changes in feces should always be mentioned to your doctor, especially if they occur for more than a week. For more information on common digestive issues, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-17 | Tags »
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More than 40 precent of Americans experience heartburn. If you’re one of them, click here to watch this video on treating heartburn.
Transcript: Up to 44 percent of Americans experience frequent bouts of heartburn. If you're among them, look no further...
Up to 44 percent of Americans experience frequent bouts of heartburn. If you're among them, look no further for relief. Heartburn is a painful condition caused by stomach acids seeping upward into the esophagus. Anyone who has experienced this burning sensation knows that it's not a pleasant feeling! If you're suffering from heartburn now, you may find instant relief with an over-the-counter antacid, like Tums. Anatacids work by neutralizing acid in the stomach, so that when the acid enters the esophagus, it will be weaker, and therefore, less painful. Antacids work rapidly, but they don't last for long. If you need to take antacids more than several times a month, or don't experience relief using them, your doctor may recommend you try a different medication, such as histamine-2, or H2, blockers. Histamine is a chemical in the body that stimulates acid secretion. H2-blockers stop the histamine from binding to acid-secreting cells, thereby hindering acid production. Most H2-blockers are available over-the-counter in low doses, although some require a prescription for higher concentrations. H2-blockers, like Zantac and Axid, last longer than antacids, but they also take longer to absorb into the body. Sometimes an hour is needed to feel the effects. For this reason, you may want to try an OTC medication that combines an antacid and an H2-blocker, so you get the quick onset of action combined with sustained relief. If neither antacids nor H2-blockers ease your heartburn symptoms, your doctor may recommend prescription drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, like Nexium and Prevacid. Acid is released from cells in the stomach by a mechanism known as a proton pump. PPIs block the pump from releasing acid, effectively stopping heartburn before it starts. Both H2-blockers and PPIs are preventative medications, meaning that they work best if taken about an hour before a big, or potentially problematic, meal is consumed. Sometimes, combining medications with lifestyle modifications can be so effective that heartburn doesn't return. Avoiding foods that are known to cause heartburn, like chocolate, peppermint, spice, citrus products, tomato products, alcohol and caffeine, is the easiest way to prevent heartburn from occurring. In addition to avoiding problem foods, eating smaller meals may help to prevent the condition. Or, try using gravity to your advantage. Avoid lying down for 3 hours after meals, as this prevents stomach contents from traveling backwards to your esophagus. If nighttime heartburn has you tossing and turning, you may benefit from propping your head up with a pillow, You can also try sleeping on your left side. Your esophagus starts on the right side of your body, so this prevents food in your stomach from pressing on the opening and leading to reflux. Because being overweight puts excess pressure on the stomach, obese people more often suffer from heartburn. So just losing a small amount of weight can ease painful symptoms. While heartburn is never welcome, a variety of lifestyle modifications can help you put out the fire. And please: Remember to see your doctor if you have chronic heartburn or pain that resists treatment.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-04 | Tags »
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Feel an ulcer coming on? You might think coffee is the culprit. Find out if coffee can cause ulcers in this video.
Transcript: This may have been a rumor started by the tea industry, and one that is eminently de-bunkable: drinking...
This may have been a rumor started by the tea industry, and one that is eminently de-bunkable: drinking coffee will NOT give you an ulcer. The thinking, until recently, was that excess stomach acid caused ulcers and that coffee contributed to excess stomach acid. While some people may experience heartburn after drinking coffee, there's NO conclusive evidence that coffee makes the stomach produce excess acid. An ulcer is an open sore in the digestive tract. Most ulcers are found in the stomach and top of the small intestine. When stomach acid comes in contact with an ulcer, it can become quite painful. Recent studies have shown that ulcers are actually caused by a certain bacteria, Heliobacter pylori, and that these ulcers can actually be easily cured with antibiotics. An important distinction to make, however, is that while coffee or spicy foods don't CAUSE ulcers, they may serve to aggravate existing ones.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-27 | Tags »
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What you eat and how you manage your life-style greatly impacts your digestive system. Watch our video on combating common GI woes to learn more.
Transcript: Integrating nutrition, exercise, and the right medical information into a sound plan for good health...
Integrating nutrition, exercise, and the right medical information into a sound plan for good health may be tough, but we've got just the right person to help you. Coach Kendra is an expert nutritionist, a professional personal trainer, and she's certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Coach Kendra, how can our diet and exercise choices affect our digestive health. Digestive health is intimately linked to what you eat - after all, the digestive process is what breaks the food that you consume into energy and nutrients. Most people who are concerned about their digestive health are worried about a particular problem such as heartburn, diarrhea, or constipation. Each of these conditions has slightly different nutritional needs. People with heartburn are quick to blame their woes on what they eat - but the real culprit is often the way they eat. Two quick ways to get your heartburn in check are to eat less food at each sitting and to avoid eating right before you go to bed. While some people ultimately find that certain foods cause heartburn for them no matter what, many others discover that heartburn can be avoided without eliminating their favorite dishes. Yoga can also be used to help relieve heartburn. Almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their life. If it happens to you, there are a few simple steps you can take to restore normal movement. The first thing to do is to increase your fiber intake by eating more fruits, vegetables and grains. Fiber helps form soft, bulky stool to increase your regularity. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water and walking for 20 to 30 minutes each day can also help get things moving. There are also some Yoga moves that can help with constipation. For people who are suffering from Diarrhea, what you eat and drink can affect how long it takes to get better. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water, because diarrhea dehydrates you, and you'll need to replace lost fluids. For additional relief from diarrhea, you can try a little Yoga. Small changes in diet and exercise can be a big help for digestive conditions like these. However, if these digestive ailments persist for more than a couple of days, or you experience fever, chills, or any other unusual symptom, please make sure to see a doctor right away.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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IBD, or inflammatory bowel disease, is a lifelong condition that affects your intenstines and impacts the quality of your life. Watch this video to understand IBD symptoms, causes and treatments.
Transcript: Inflammatory bowel disease is a lifelong condition that harms the intestines over time. Get the facts...
Inflammatory bowel disease is a lifelong condition that harms the intestines over time. Get the facts on this problem that affects up to one million Americans. Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, actually refers to a variety of conditions which cause inflammation in the intestines. The most common forms of IBD are two conditions called ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis, which is about half as common as Crohn's disease, affects the large intestine, or also colon, as well as the rectum. In ulcerative colitis, the inner lining, or mucosa, of the intestines becomes red and swollen. Ulcers, or open sores, may also appear on the colon. Crohn's disease, on the other hand, can affect any part of the digestive tract, from mouth to anus. Most commonly, Crohn's disease shows up as inflammation in the lower part of the small intestine. Usually, swelling extends deeper into the intestinal wall than in ulcerative colitis. Although inflammatory bowel disease refers to several conditions, they have similar symptoms. The most common is frequent diarrhea and abdominal pain.Many patients with IBD notice blood in the stool, which can lead to anemia. Other signs of IBD include weight loss, fever, chills, and fatigue. Even though inflammatory bowel disease is a lifelong condition, these symptoms do not persist at all times. Generally, people with IBD will cycle through periods during which symptoms flare-up, interspersed with times when the disease is in remission and symptoms disappear. But what makes the intestines become inflamed and irritated in the first place? Unfortunately, IBD is an idiopathic disease, which means researchers just don't know why it occurs. What is known is that in a healthy person, the immune system produces cells and proteins which defend the body against harmful foreign invaders, like bacteria and viruses. Normally, the immune system is activated only when exposed to intruders. When this happens, infection-fighting inflammation occurs within these tissues. In patients with IBD, however, the immune system is chronically activated for no known reason, resulting in abnormal inflammation and ulceration. Doctors do know that there is a genetic predisposition to developing IBD, and that it seems to be more prevalent in Caucasians. In addition, the disease tends to be most often diagnosed in adolescents and young adults from age 15 to 25. Infrequently, patients with IBD can go on to develop more severe diseases, like colon cancer. That's why people with IBD should be under a doctor's care. Inflammatory bowel disease can be frustrating and embarrassing, but the good news is that treatments are available to ease the severity and frequency of symptoms! Please speak with your doctor if you have concerns about IBD.More »
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Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze both battled with pancreatic cancer, an often fatal disease. Understanding pancreatic cancer includes understanding its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Watch this to learn more.
Transcript: The media coverage of Steve Jobs' and Patrick Swayze's battle with pancreatic cancer didn't do much to...
The media coverage of Steve Jobs' and Patrick Swayze's battle with pancreatic cancer didn't do much to remove the mystery surrounding the disease. Most people don't know much about the small pear-shaped organ located behind the stomach that provides essential digestive enzymes and hormones such as insulin. But about 45,000 people in the U.S. develop pancreatic cancer every year. When cancer affects the pancreas it may be adenocarcinoma that develops in the cells that line the ducts of the pancreas, or an endocrine cancer that develops in hormone-producing cells such as the beta cells that make insulin. These two forms are treated in differ ways and adenocarcinoma is generally more aggressive and patients have a worse prognosis. Risk factors for developing this cancer include being a woman 60 or older; AND being African American. Your risk is also increased if you have pancreatitis or diabetes, are obese or smoke. Or, as inthe cases of Patrick Swayze and Steve Jobs, it can be difficult to determine exactly what caused the disease to develop. In the early stages, pancreatic cancer has few symptoms. But as it becomes more advanced it can cause: Upper abdominal pain that may radiate toward the back, Loss of appetite, Nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea and indigestion, Dark urine and clay-colored stools, Fatigue and weakness, Jaundice and sudden, drastic weight loss. If you have any of these symptoms for more than three days, see your doctor. Your doctor may suggest tests to figure out if your symptoms indicate cancer or another condition. You may have an MRI, a CT scan or an ultrasound of your abdomen, as well blood and liver function tests. If a suspicious growth is found, a biopsy will be performed. Unfortunately, studies have shown that in more than 80 percent of cases, pancreatic cancer has already spread at the time of diagnosis and surgery cannot remove it completely. In these cases, it's likely that the patient will not live for an extended period of time. Sometimes, however, surgery is a smart choice. Often it may be what's called the Whipple procedure and it's used on cancer of the HEAD of the pancreas and where the bile and pancreatic duct enter into the small intestine. It removes various parts of the pancreas and surrounding organs and reassembles your digestive system so it can function again. It is not used on adenocarcinoma.While there's no proven way to prevent pancreatic cancer, experts suggest that those who ARE at risk of developing it visit their doctor regularly; eat a whole foods, balanced diet; exercise regularly and if you smoke, stop. To learn about other cancers that can affect the digestive system, check out more videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-25 | Tags »
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From the first to the last bite of your dinner, your digestive system is busy performing a myriad of functions. Find out more about digestive system basics in this video.
Transcript: Do you know what happens inside you after you finish that last bite of dinner? Well, I'm going to take...
Do you know what happens inside you after you finish that last bite of dinner? Well, I'm going to take you on a tour of your entire digestive system - from the mouth to the stomach and through your 24 feet of the intestines. And it won't take the 24 to 72 hours that it takes food to make the journey. Digestion begins in the mouth, even before you chew. Three pairs of glands secrete saliva, coating the food with digestive enzymes that start to break it down into its chemical components, such as sugar and protein. The teeth and tongue join in and when the food is broken down enough to swallow, it passes down the esophagus, a narrow muscular tube about 8 to 11 inches long, and into the stomach. In the stomach, gastric acid, pepsin and other digestive enzymes turn partially digested food into a liquid. It is also where vitamin b-12 and alcohol are absorbed into the bloodstream and where many microorganisms that hop a ride on the food we eat are killed, so that they can't make us sick. Although the stomach is filled with extremely caustic digestive fluids and hydrochloric acid, it isn't damaged by their digestive powers. That's because its inside lining is a thick mucosal layer that lubricates food and prevents the acid from eating away the wall of the stomach. When food leaves the stomach it flows into the small intestine, where a majority of digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place. The small intestine is made up of three parts.The duodenum is where liquefied food is mixed with bile, a digestive enzyme produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Its job is to break down fats so they can be absorbed. In the duodenum food is also mixed with pancreatic juice made by the pancreas and intestinal enzymes, including maltase, lactase and sucrase -- all three of which breakdown sugars. The other two parts of the duodenum, the jejunum and ileum, contain small, finger-like structures called villi that improve the absorption of nutrients by increasing the surface area of the intestine. It is these villi that are damaged when a person has celiac disease and that damage leads to malnutrition. This is also where an undulating muscle motion called peristalsis sends digested food material to the large intestine. In the large intestine - which is shorter but wider than the small intestine --- digested food undergoes fermentation with the help of gut bacteria. All remaining nutrients and fluid are absorbed as they pass through the colon. The remaining unabsorbed components of the food you ate are turned into feces. They pass in to the rectum where they are ready to be excreted.For more information on common issues affecting the digestive system, check out more videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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If your ulcerative colitis hasn't improved with lifestyle changes, surgery may be needed. Learn about the options for IBD surgery.
Transcript: When a patient suffers from inflammatory bowel disease, surgery is often a last resort to heal damage...
When a patient suffers from inflammatory bowel disease, surgery is often a last resort to heal damage and ease symptoms of the condition. Because inflammatory bowel disease actually refers to a group of diseases that cause chronic inflammation in the intestines, different forms of surgery are available to treat IBD. Ulcerative colitis, which causes inflammation and ulcers to form on the large intestine, or colon, is one form of IBD. Since ulcerative colitis is restricted to this area, a colectomy, which is the surgical removal of the colon, will actually cure the condition. Lifestyle changes and medications are usually attempted before a colectomy will be considered. In about 30 percent of patients, these changes will not promote healing, and surgery may become necessary. Patients whose conditions have led to precancerous changes in the colon are also likely candidates for a colectomy. If removal of the colon is necessary, an ileoanal anastomosis may be performed. This procedure involves removal of the entire large intestine, in addition to removal of the affected rectum lining. After the large intestine is removed, the end of the small intestine is attached to the anal canal. This allows the patient to continue to defecate through the rectum. Less frequently, the entire rectum must be removed along with the colon in a procedure called procto-colectomy. When this is the case, a surgeon will create a small opening called a stoma in the lower abdomen. A tube or bag is worn over the stoma to collect stool. The other common form of inflammatory bowel disease is called Crohn's disease. In this condition, any part of a patient's digestive tract, from mouth to anus, may be inflamed. With Crohn's disease, doctors usually prefer to avoid performing surgery, because of the recurring nature of the condition. However, complications of Crohn's disease may nevertheless require surgery. The simplest procedure to treat Crohn's disease is a segmental resection, which involves removing only the portion of intestine that is affected by the condition. On occasion, patients with Crohn's disease may undergo a strictureplasty, which simply involves widening a narrowed area, or stricture, of the small intestine without removing anything from the body. Although surgeries for IBD can drastically reduce symptoms, it's important to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor before undergo a serious operation. Inflammatory bowel disease affects more than one million Americans, so if you have the condition you are not alone! Talk to your doctor to determine which treatment options are best for you.More »
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