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Exercise Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Exercising in the summertime can pose certain health risks such as dehydration and sunstroke if you are not careful.  Here are some exercise tips to be beat the summer heat:   Drink plenty of water. Staying well hydrated while working out during the summer should be a high priority. It will prevent symptoms such as… Read more »

Ranitidine Brand Name Zantac Recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). The agency has determined that the impurity… Read more »

Understanding Triggers For IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, affecting the large intestine.  It is estimated that up to 55 million Americans, mostly women, are living with IBS.  Because IBS is a functional GI disorder, it may cause several different symptoms which are bothersome and uncomfortable.  However, it will not result in damage… Read more »

Gluten Allergy: What To Do Next?

Celiac disease is one of the most common gastrointestinal diseases, affecting as many as 1 in 100 people. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When a person has celiac sprue, the immune system recognizes gluten as a threat and attacks it. As the food passes through your small intestine, the immune response damages… Read more »

Hemorrhoids Baton Rouge – Why The Stigma?

Hemorrhoids are one of the most common gastrointestinal issues in the world, affecting as much as 50% of the population by the age of 50. People with this condition may suffer from pain, bleeding, leakage of stool, inability to control bowels, and other symptoms which can be severe. Yet despite how common the condition is, there is… Read more »

Gallstones: What Are They & What Causes Them?

Gallstones are a digestive condition in which hard deposits of a digestive fluid known as bile develop in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ located on the right side of the abdomen, near the liver. It’s responsible for holding bile, used in the digestion of fat, that is produced by the liver, and… Read more »

How Race Affects A Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

When issues of health and wellness are presented, clearly delineated differences between groups of individuals diagnosed with and surviving cancer are apparent.  Why would one group of individuals fare better than others in avoiding a cancer diagnosis?  How are some patients, who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, better able to make it to the… Read more »