Introduction to Digestive Concerns
Annotation:FamilyDoctor.org, American Academy of Family Physicians - Causes, symptoms, prevention, and tips on coping with heartburn (which despite its name, doesn't affect the heart) in a question and answer format. Includes a video presentation on GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease).
Annotation:National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse - This easy to read article explains the causes, and symptoms of gas in the intestine and some lifestyle changes and remedies that can help.
Annotation:National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) - This easy-to read article discusses aspects of diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
Annotation:National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) - This easy-to read article discusses the causes, symptoms, treatment and the role of stress in IBS.
Annotation:National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse - Easy-to read article on causes, symptoms and treatment, provided in a question and answer format.
Annotation:Cleveland Clinic - This site offers a brief description of each of the parts of the digestive system.
Annotation:American College of Gastroenterology - Describes symptoms, causes and treatments of these common concerns, includes a podcast and links to further information.
Annotation:National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse - The article explain what is “normal” and what causes constipation, as well as ways to treat it.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Diverticulitis occurs when one or more diverticula in your digestive tract become inflamed or infected; the article details causes, tests, treatment and lifestyle changes to prevent or slow the progression of diverticular disease.
Annotation:FamilyDoctor.org, American Academy of Family Physicians - Diverticular disease is caused by small pouches (called diverticula) that can form in your digestive tract. The types of diverticular disease are discussed as well as methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Annotation:FamilyDoctor.org, American Academy of Family Physicians - Describes the causes of the inability to control bowel movements, and the ways it can be managed.
Annotation:MedlinePlus - Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the intestines caused by a virus, bacteria or parasites, not a type of flu at all. The most common symptom is diarrhea, and one of the major risks is dehydration. The best prevention is hand-washing. This MedLinePlus page provides a summary of information and numerous links to further information on all aspects of the disease.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The article details causes, tests, treatment and lifestyle changes that may help reduce the frequency of heartburn.
Annotation:National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health - Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining the esophagus is replaced by tissue that is similar to the lining of the intestine. It is commonly found in people with chronic heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD). A small number of people with Barrett's esophagus develop a rare but often deadly type of cancer of the esophagus.
Annotation:Mayo Clinic - Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your esophagus, stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. This article details causes (mostly some medicines and a bacterial infection, tests, treatment and lifestyle changes that can help relieve the pain in your stomach.
Annotation:American College of Gastroenterology - This six-page pamphlet explains the symptoms, types, diagnosis and treatment of IBS, including a discussion of how this condition affects patients’ lives. The role of diet, lifestyle changes and stress management are covered.
Annotation:American College of Gastroenterology - This ten-page pamphlet explains the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and lifestyle changes for frequent and infrequent heartburn, and how it should be differentiated from other more serious conditions.
Annotation:American College of Gastroenterology - A six-page pamphlet discussing the symptoms, treatment and lifestyle modifications that can help you if you have gastrointestinal bleeding from ulcers caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (painkillers).
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