A survey of almost 2,000 adults finds only 15% knew that physical exercise reduces the risk of colon cancer. The researchers say primary care physicians may not be giving patients adequate colorectal cancer prevention information, which they also say generally is not as widely available as it should be.
A 40-mg daily dose of the antioxidant astaxanthin -- which is used to give salmon its pink color -- helped relieve acid reflux symptoms, a four-week study found. Researchers say the benefits are even more pronounced in people infected with H. pylori.
Tracy Habenicht took top honors in the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's Celebrating UC Success essay contest with an essay celebrating the small changes her friend with ulcerative colitis made that led to improvements in his disease.
Chewing gum -- but not mint gum -- stimulates swallowing and reduces acid reflux. Taking a walk after eating also eases heartburn because it reduces the amount of time stomach acid touches the esophagus.
The mantra for colon cancer has to be "screening, screening, screening," says Dr. Raymond F. Mohrman, a gastroenterologist at SSM DePaul Health Center. Many people are reluctant to talk about bowel issues and may be concerned about the bowel prep required or the invasiveness of the exam, he says, but deaths from colon cancer would decrease 90% if people had colonoscopies as recommended by their physicians.