Upper Endoscopy (The Basics)

What is upper endoscopy? Upper endoscopy is a procedure that lets a doctor look at the lining of the upper digestive tract. The upper digestive […]

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Mouth Sores (The Basics)

What causes mouth sores? Different conditions can cause mouth sores, including: Canker sores – Canker sores are open sores (also called “ulcers”) that are white […]

Hiccups (The Basics)

What are hiccups? Hiccups happen when your diaphragm, the muscle that separates your chest from your belly, suddenly contracts. When that happens, you take in […]

Gallstones (The Basics)

What is the gallbladder? The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that is tucked under your liver (figure 1). It stores bile, a fluid that […]

Colon and Rectal Cancer (The Basics)

What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer is cancer that affects the large intestine (also known as the colon) or the rectum. The word “colorectal” is […]

Diverticulitis (The Basics)

What is diverticulitis? Diverticulitis is a disorder that can cause belly pain, fever, and problems with bowel movements. The food we eat travels from the […]

Food Poisoning (The Basics)

What is food poisoning? Food poisoning is an illness that can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Food poisoning is caused by eating food that contains […]

Hepatitis C Treatments (The Basics)

Should I be treated for hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a serious infection and a major cause of liver disease. Treatment is safe and works […]

Barrett’s Esophagus (The Basics)

What is Barrett’s esophagus? Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that affects the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). When […]