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13 Things That Increase Your Colon Cancer Risk (and What to Do About Them)

Colon cancer may be the third most common malignancy in adults, but there's a lot you can do to reduce your risk. We show you how.

By Andrea Peirce
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Do You Know Your Risk Factors for Ulcerative Colitis?

While we don’t know exactly what causes UC, we do know some of the main risk factors for developing it — and knowing your risk factors can help you take control of your health and your future.

By Jennifer Mitchell Wilson
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Let's Talk About Crohn's Disease Causes

Maddening but true: Experts can't point to a single cause for this challenging condition. Instead, research suggests a perfect storm of factors come together to wreak havoc on your digestive tract. Here's what we know so far.

By Stephanie Wood
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10 Surprising Facts About Ulcerative Colitis

When it comes to UC, there’s plenty of uncertainty. But, the facts remain—here is some surprising info you should know about the condition.

By Emily Shiffer
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IBD: A Mental Health Risk for Kids?

New research shows an increase in psychiatric disorders amongst children with inflammatory bowel disease.

By Stephanie Stephens
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Can Activated Charcoal Treat Your Chronic Condition?

Find out if the claims that activated charcoal can combat digestive issues, high cholesterol, and skin problems are true.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.
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We Still Don’t Know What Causes Fibromyalgia—But Could the Answer Lie in Your Stomach?

A new study found a link between the bacteria that populate the digestive tract (called the gut microbiome) and this chronic pain condition. Here’s what that could mean.

By Stephanie Stephens
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The Truth About Nightshade Veggies

Tom Brady says to “hold the nightshades,” but should you?

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
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Foods to Avoid With Ulcerative Colitis

Avoiding these foods are key to enjoying a balanced diet with UC.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
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How Can Celiac Disease Affect Fertility and Pregnancy?

One in 100 people have celiac disease, but many of them remain undiagnosed. Here are ways in which celiac can affect your reproductive health.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.