A small bowel obstruction, which prevents or slows down the movement of food, is a potentially dangerous condition that can seriously impact quality of life.
Studies have suggested that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to colon and rectal cancer incidence and vitamin D supplementation may decrease colon and rectal cancer risk and improve survival.
The MUSC Colon and Rectal Surgery Group
Virgilio George, MD
Kerry Hammond, MD
John Maxwell, MD
Ramsay Camp, MD
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Did you know that you are controlled by your gut? There is increasing evidence that the bacterium in your gut does in fact have an influence on your mental health and brain function. Research has shown that both probiotics and prebiotics can alter human brain function, have an effect on stress, and can help alleviate anxiety and depression symptoms.
The battle against tuberculosis had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Yet both the disease and its impact are poorly understood: in the words of one writer, tuberculosis is our “forgotten plague.”
The naturally occurring plant compound cytisine may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit, a new study suggests.Cytisine, an acid-like chemical found in the seeds of the golden rain tree, has been used in Eastern Europe for decades to help smokers quit, researchers say. But its not widely available.
Researchers examined data from more than 2,500 women with precancerous cervical lesions and found that nearly all were caused by the nine types of HPV targeted by the vaccine being developed by Merck and Co.
Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism – that is, the way the body uses digested food for growth and energy. Most of the food people eat is broken down into glucose, the form of sugar in the blood. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body.
What are diverticuli?
Diverticuli are small sacs or pouches on the wall of the colon (or large intestine), a condition known as diverticulosis. The sacs are caused by high pressures within the colon which occur when there is not enough fiber in the bowel movement (feces).
Just like some people get arthritis which is an inflammation of the joints, it is also possible to get inflammation of the colon. Inflammation of the colon (large intestine) is called colitis. Germs can cause colitis. Poor blood supply can cause colitis. Some medications can cause colitis. In most cases, the cause of colitis is unknown; however, colitis is not infectious and cannot be passed from one person to another like the flu or a common cold.