GastrointestinalInfo Center

Get Rid of Fatty Liver Disease with Vitamin E
Most Americans do not get enough Vitamin E from their diet alone. Taking a daily supplement may be the answer. Vitamin E is found in foods we eat and is used by the body as an antioxidant, a form of damage prevention for our cells.
Weight Loss Drug Doesn't Work
Some obese people take weight-loss drugs to help deal with their health problem. One of these drugs, orlistat, may be harmful.  The drug already carries a black box warning for liver damage, which the FDA added last year.
Cleaning Out Barrett's Esophagus
Heartburn can badly damage the lining of your esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach). This damage can raise your risk for cancer. Now, researchers say there is a safe way to fix this damage.
Fixing Heartburn: No Need for the Knife
For some people, dealing with their heartburn is as easy as taking an over-the-counter drug. For others the problem is severe enough to require surgery to fix their heartburn. However, doctors have a way to get rid of heartburn without making patients go under the knife.
Clean it Up Ladies, Lose the Dental Plaque
Dental hygeine becomes increasingly important as one ages. The current standard of two dental appointments a year may not be adequate for postmenopausal women's dental needs.  A recent study explains the health consequences of sub-par teeth cleaning in postmenopausal women.
Gut Goes Crazy from Exercise
Endurance athletes are know to push their bodies to the limit. This may be the reason that the most common health issues of endurance athletes are overuse injuries. However, heartburn problems are becoming common among these athletes.
Getting Ahead of Heartburn
Heartburn can damage a person's esophagus. In some people, the damage can be so bad that it leads to cancer.  Experts have put out new guidelines for treating the damage caused by heartburn and lowering the risk of cancer.
Now, That is Gutsy
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) can be difficult to treat, with patients trying many different medications to get their symptoms under control.
Banning HIV Organ Donation
Researchers from Johns Hopkins believe that a law banning HIV patients from donating their organs to living HIV-positive patients is outdated. If the ban were reversed, hundreds of HIV-positive patients who need an organ could get their transplant within months instead of years.
A Better Kidney Measurement
In a new study, researchers argue that the current way for diagnosing kidney failure in patients with cirrhosis is not accurate enough. Their results show that measures used by the Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN) may offer more precise results.