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LIving with IBS – A positive way to manage symptoms

IBS – Managing your Symptoms Irritable bowel syndrome more commonly called IBS can have a huge impact on your life. People with IBS can experience abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, cramps, gas, and diarrhoea and IBS outbreaks can leave you feeling miserable. These symptoms can anything from a few days to weeks. Whilst there is no…

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Smoking and its Impact on IBS and IBD

IBS, IBD and Smoking The links between smoking and lung damage are well documented, but smoking also damages other organs in the body, including the gastrointestinal tract. If you are a smoker, every time you light up you are introducing harmful chemicals into your lungs, which are circulated throughout your body. There are more than…

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Tummy-friendly foods & Supplements to help your Digestive System

Why is a healthy gut important? According to a report from Mintel, 86% of all British adults have suffered some form of gastrointestinal (GI) problem or ailment in the year 2015. Sadly, the numbers are estimated to increase by each passing year. Moreover, NHS also confirms that Gastrointestinal infections affect 1 in 5 people in the…

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Will You Ask for Help with IBS?

Are you one of the thousands of people with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome who don’t seek help? If so, you may be suffering needlessly as there are treatments that a GP can prescribe that may provide relief but you need to make an appointment to be able to access this help.

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What Does Your Gut Tell You?

Gut instinct, listen to your gut, gut feeling… Our language is peppered with references to our digestive system and the importance of listening to what it is telling us. But how many of us actually do pay attention to our gut and what it’s trying to say? It’s World Digestive Health Day so what better time…

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Scientists Confirm Link Between Colitis and Colon Cancer

Research has shown a link between ulcerative colitis and an increased risk of colon cancer. If you suffer from this inflammatory bowel disease regular screening is recommended to monitor for polyps in the colon which can become cancerous over time. Impact of chronic inflammation Ulcerative colitis is caused by chronic inflammation of the lining of the colon.…

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The Difference Between IBS and IBD

People often confuse IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). It’s easy to see why. They sound the same and some of the symptoms are the same – stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. But they are actually very different conditions, with very different causes and treatments. However, because they share similar symptoms…

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The Latest IBD Research

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects more than 300,000 people in the UK, but this is believed to be an underestimate as it is thought that many people who have the condition are undiagnosed. IBD is the umbrella term given to Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, chronic conditions that produce symptoms including diarrhoea, cramping pains, fatigue, anaemia,…

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New Drug Could Protect People With Coeliac Disease

Avoiding exposure to gluten is essential for people with coeliac disease. The condition is a lifelong autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to react to gluten. t produces a range of unpleasant symptoms including bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, tiredness, sudden weight loss and mouth ulcers. If left untreated, coeliac disease can lead to complications such as…

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Could stem cell transplants cure Crohn’s?

Stem cells are the body’s natural ‘renew and repair’ cells.  When someone develops a severe inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s, the body’s immune system starts to attack itself. Transplanting stem cells may help people with the disease by encouraging the immune system to “reset” itself. In essence, stem cell treatment involves wiping out the body’s…

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Gut Health for Guys

Men die, on average, six years younger than women for reasons that are believed to be largely preventable. Through the course of their lifetime, men experience worse long-term health than women despite enjoying a more privileged position in many societies. Men’s Health Month – November 2017 To mark Men’s Health Month, this November, this article…

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Endoscopies: A Patients’ Guide

An endoscopy is a surgical procedure whereby a long, thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is inserted into your body in order to investigate unusual symptoms or carry out certain types of surgery. Find out about different endoscopies used in gastroenterology in our short Patients Guide. What is an endoscope? The endoscope has a light…

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Living with a Colostomy

7 October is Colostomy Awareness Day. To mark this we are looking at what it means to live with a colostomy and what support is available. Finding out you need to have a colostomy can be a daunting prospect. You are bound to experience fears and concerns. But the procedure is surprisingly common and you might…

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Types of hernias

Hernias occur when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in a muscle or tissue, usually causing a lump in the skin. They are fairly common and most cause no pain and many can be left untreated. However, there are certain types of hernia that can become life-threatening It is therefore important…

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All about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS is short for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a common condition thought to affect 10-20% of the UK population. Although the exact cause of IBS is unknown, there is guidance around lifestyle aspects that may either aggravate IBS-related symptoms or help keep IBS at bay. Diagnosis is the first step to understanding if you have IBS, as symptoms can be similar to other gastroenterological conditions.

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