GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists: What to know

A gastroenterologist is a medical professional who specializes in conditions that affect the organs and structures of the digestive system. Gastroenterologists diagnose, treat, and care for people with a range of gut-related illnesses. These include long-term conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and celiac disease. Share on PinterestA person may visit a gastroenterologist if […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Treatment options for IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder that can have a significant effect on a person’s quality of life. People who have IBS commonly report digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal cramps. Some people experience additional symptoms, such as generalized body pain and poor social functioning. Doctors are still not sure […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

How ‘good’ viruses may influence health

Although the role of “good” viruses in human health is still relatively mysterious, we are slowly unraveling the importance of our viral visitors. In this special feature, we introduce a neglected section of the microbiome — the virome. Illustration of bacteriophages infecting a bacterium. For more research-backed information about the microbiome and how it affects […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Even ‘dead,’ this probiotic may be effective against inflammation

New research using roundworms and mice has shown that one probiotic of human origin does not have to be alive to reduce markers of inflammation and promote health. Share on PinterestEven when inactivated, a strain of Lactobacillus paracasei could reduce inflammation and boost health, a new study suggests. Probiotics are usually live, active bacteria that […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

What are the best foods for diverticulitis?

Diet can affect the symptoms of diverticulitis. Some foods can help prevent symptoms, while others may make a flare-up worse. According to an article in the journal Gastrenterology, diverticulitis is one of the most common gastrointestinal diagnoses in United States clinics. Medical treatment may include antibiotics or surgery. Doctors may recommend that people follow a […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Pediatrics / Children's Health

Constipation in breastfeeding babies: What to know

Constipation is uncommon in infancy, particularly in breastfed babies, but it can happen. Breastfed babies tend to have fewer episodes of constipation and diarrhea than formula-fed babies because breast milk is easier than formula to digest. In older children, constipation is common and accounts for about 3% of visits to pediatric outpatient clinics and up […]