What You Should Know About Inguinal Hernia

A hernia occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object. Hernia can occur in different parts of the abdominal wall. An inguinal hernia is one which occurs at the groin region in the area called the inguinal canal. When the part of the protruding intestine pass through the inguinal canal, it is called an indirect inguinal hernia. But when the protruding intestine pushes…

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Acid Reflux and Heart Burns Facts

Acid reflux is a common condition that features a burning pain, known as heartburn, in the lower chest area. It happens when stomach acid flows back up into the food pipe. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is diagnosed when acid reflux occurs more than twice a week. Exact figures vary, but diseases resulting from acid reflux are the most common gut complaint seen by hospital departments. The American College of Gastroenterology says that over 60 million People experience heartburn at least once a month, and at least 15 million as often…

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How You Can Relieve Abdominal Bloating and Gas Naturally

It is estimated that one in ten people say they suffer from bloating regularly, even when they haven’t eaten a large meal. Sometimes, bloating can become severe enough that it causes a noticeable swelling of the abdomen. Gas and bloating are usually diet-related, so you may find that a few simple changes to what you eat will do the trick. Still, if your stomach fails to settle down, there’s no need to rush to the doctor or pharmacy (yet!) In this article, we will look at what could cause your…

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Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease : prevention and treatment

There are many different types of liver disease. Cirrhosis, hepatitis, cysts, cancer and alcohol-related diseases are just a few of the possible liver problems. Even if you avoid alcohol, which is toxic to the liver, you can be susceptible to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is one of the most common causes of toxic liver disease with a global incidence of about 25-35% affecting both men and women. In Africa, there were few studies about NAFLD and most reported variable prevalence rates. There is an increasing prevalence of NAFLD…

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Hiatal Hernia Surgery: what to know about it

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach moves upwards into the chest. If the hernia causes severe symptoms or is likely to cause complications, then hiatal hernia surgery may be required. Not everyone who has a hiatal hernia will require surgery. Many people will be able to treat the condition with medication or lifestyle changes. However, for those who do need surgery, there is a range of procedures available, the most common being Nissen fundoplication. This article discusses hiatal hernia surgery procedures, expected recovery times, complications, and risks.…

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What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

What is GERD? When a person swallows, food passes through the food pipe to the stomach. A ring of muscle tissue called the lower esophageal sphincter contracts after allowing food into the stomach. This stops the food from coming back up into the food pipe. GERD causes acid reflux and heartburn. When the esophageal sphincter does not close correctly, the contents of the stomach can leak back into the food pipe, causing GERD. When the symptoms of GERD occur more than twice a week for a period of more than…

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6 Warning Signs Of Toxic Liver Disease

After a night of heavy drinking, you may feel sorry for your liver, but you probably don’t give this major organ much thought after that. After your skin, your liver is the second largest organ in your body. The liver filters out harmful substances from your blood and it helps turn food into energy. That is a pretty important function, so ensuring a healthy liver is paramount for every individual. There are many different types of liver disease. Cirrhosis, hepatitis, cysts, cancer and alcohol-related diseases are just a few of…

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Know More About H. pylori Infection

Helicobacter Pylori is a type of bacteria (gram negative) that affects the stomach where it is usually found. It was formally known as Campylobacter Pylori. Though we often and sometime erroneously attribute all cases of ulcer to starvation, we have often failed to understand that most cases of peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer and gastritis are caused by this infectious microorganism. It is believed that more than 50% of the world population, have H. pylori in their gastrointestinal tract. Because it is asymptomatic, symptoms may become pronounced when the patient develops…

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What is Gastric Outlet Obstruction

Gastric outlet obstruction (GOO), which is also called pyloric obstruction, is a medical emergency that refers to the mechanical blockage of the outlet of the stomach which results in delayed gastric emptying of the stomach contents. Gastric outlet obstruction is however, not a disease standing on its own. It is the result of other clinical pathological conditions, more like a complication of some other disease that affect the stomach or nearby structures of the stomach. The stomach is an organ of the digestive system whose primary purpose is to store…

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Crohn’s Disease: Causes, Diagnosis and Management

Crohn’s disease is a very serious problem with not very good outcomes. There has so far not been any medical or surgical cure for this condition and those who have this disease suffer a great deal of physical and psychological challenges. Though the condition is not very common in Africa, it is good for Africans to know about it so as to take necessary precautions against this condition. What is Crohn’s disease? Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract which can affect any part of the digestive…

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