Digestive Health Topics


What Causes Gastritis? How to Protect Your Gut

If you have persistent stomach distress, don’t take it lightly: It could be gastritis. Here’s how it’s caused and how to find relief.

By Tim Gower

Are You at Risk for Cancer of the Esophagus?

Esophageal cancer is rare, and the exact causes aren't well known, but research suggests that these steps may help reduce your risk.

By HealthAfter50

Fixes for Fecal Incontinence

Several options exist for managing this embarrassing, and sometimes debilitating, condition.

By HealthAfter50

8 Myths About Hepatitis C

The hepatitis C virus can cause serious liver damage if it’s not treated early. Following are eight myths about the disease.

By Tim Gower

What Is Steakhouse Syndrome?

Steakhouse syndrome happen when a person swallows a large piece of food that gets stuck in the lower esophagus. Here's what you should know and how to avoid it.

By HealthAfter50

Anal Cancer: Are You at Risk?

Though anal cancer is still considered rare, disease rates have been spiking in recent years. Here’s what you need to know about this cancer.

By Peter Jaret

IBS Patients Delay Seeking Help, Survey Finds

Most people with irritable bowel syndrome suffer symptoms like abdominal pain for at least a year before seeing a doctor.

By Monica Smith

Do I Have a Hernia?

Hernias often have no known cause but can occur when you lift something heavy, strain on the toilet, or perform any activity that increases stomach pressure.

By Laurie Saloman, M.S.

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis: What You Should Know

Some patients who have diverticulosis experience mild abdominal pain, bloating, and irregular bowel habits. With diverticulitis, the pain can be severe.

By HealthAfter50

What Is Pancreatitis?

Cases of acute pancreatitis have climbed steadily over the past couple of decades. If you experience symptoms, get to the hospital right away.

By HealthAfter50