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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

What to Do About Flatulence, Burping, and Bloating

Flatulence, burping, and stomach bloating can be embarrassing. Here are some easy steps you can take to reduce the amount of gas you pass.

By HealthAfter50

Are You Constipated?

Changes in the frequency of your bowel movements, as well as other symptoms, may mean you’re constipated.

By HealthAfter50

What Is Gastritis?

The symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of this painful condition.

By HealthAfter50

What Are Pancreatic Cysts?

Pancreatic cysts occur in up to 25 percent of those older than 70. Here’s what you need to know about these symptomless growths.

By HealthAfter50

Signs of a Pancreatic Cyst

Symptoms vary based on the cyst’s size and location. Here’s what to watch for.

By HealthAfter50

Decoding Your Bowel Movements

It wasn’t until I started seeing a gastroenterologist (GI) that I began having some of the most uncomfortable conversations of my life. After all, one of the most common conversations with GIs includes the question, “How’s your poop?” I always tried ...

By Jackie Zimmerman

How to Treat Chronic Hoarseness

A raspy, rough voice may be a symptom of a score of disorders. Here are some possibilities and how to treat them.

By HealthAfter50