GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Mental Health

How is stress linked with constipation?

High levels of stress can cause or aggravate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, stomach pain, and changes in bowel movements, which can include constipation. Researchers have identified various connections between the brain and stomach that may lead to constipation symptoms. A range of treatments and remedies can help relieve stress-related constipation. In this article, we […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

When is constipation an emergency?

If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Mild constipation is common. Very severe constipation or constipation accompanied by certain warning signs — such as blood in the stool or severe abdominal pain — can constitute a medical emergency. Intestinal bleeding, appendicitis, a strangulated […]

Crohn's / IBD GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

What to know about bowel disorders

Bowel disorders affect the organs in the digestive system, including the small and large intestines. These conditions can prevent the body from properly digesting and absorbing nutrients from food. This can cause symptoms such as diarrhea and constipation. If a person does not seek treatment for them, bowel disorders can contribute to other health complications, […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Mental Health

Biodiversity may benefit mental health by affecting gut bacteria

New research in mice suggests that exposure to a biodiverse soil may improve mental health by raising levels of a bacterium with anxiety-relieving effects. Share on PinterestExposure to biodiversity may have anxiety-relieving effects by altering our gut bacteria, new research in rodents suggests. Intuitively, we know that living in excessively polluted, built-up areas cannot be […]

Endocrinology GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

What to know about gallbladder polyps

Polyps are abnormal tissue growths. They can form in various parts of the body, including the gallbladder. Most people with gallbladder polyps do not experience symptoms. Doctors usually discover the polyps incidentally, on ultrasound or CT scans. Though some gallbladder polyps can develop into cancer, the vast majority are noncancerous. As long as the polyps […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Multiple Sclerosis

Does sunlight change our gut microbiome?

Scientists show that ultraviolet (UV) light exposure leads to changes in the gut microbiome, but only in volunteers who were deficient in vitamin D. Share on PinterestCan sunlight affect our gut microbiomes? There is plenty of evidence that links vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, to health outcomes. Living at higher latitudes, which means less exposure […]