The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Cancer

Should You Eat Yogurt for a Healthy Colon?

According to a new study, men who eat yogurt twice a week or more have a lower risk of colon polyps and possibly colorectal cancer.

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Cancer

What Are the Alternatives to Colonoscopy?

How good are the alternatives to colonoscopy, such as FIT or Cologuard, for detecting colorectal cancer?

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Doctor gastroenterologist with probe to perform gastroscopy and colonoscopy
Cancer

Will Colonoscopy Change Your Gut Flora?

Colonoscopy is a life-saving procedure to detect and prevent colon cancer. Does the stringent colon cleansing process result in changes to the gut flora?

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
Acid Reflux

Show 1144: New Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract

We talk with two eminent experts about how to heal your digestive tract. Dr. Shaheen treats Barrett's esophagus. Dr. Bretthauer treats C diff.

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Arthritis

How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

Before starting a daily regimen, carefully consider the benefits and risks of aspirin. Are you more likely to be helped or harmed by this amazing drug?

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Colorectal Cancer

Do You Need to Take Calcium Supplements?

Older people who take calcium supplements may be getting more calcium than they need.

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Colorectal Cancer

Should You Worry About Calcium Side Effects Like Colon Polyps?

Do you take calcium to keep your bones strong? How good is the evidence that it works? Do you know about calcium side effects such as colon polyps? New data are worrisome.

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Cancer

Nuts Reduce Chance of Colon Cancer Recurrence

People who frequently eat nuts reduce their risk of a recurrence of colon cancer. Nut consumption has other health benefits as well, especially for cardiovascular health.

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Cancer

Can What You Eat Change Your Risk of Cancer?

An anti-inflammatory diet rich in vegetables and fruits, even spices, can help reduce the risk of cancer of the colon. Soda pop and refined grains are pro-inflammatory.

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Breast Cancer

How Good Is Aspirin Against Cancer in New Study?

Do you take aspirin for granted? It's one of the cheapest drugs in the drugstore. How effective is aspirin against cancer? You just might be surprised.

Doctor gastroenterologist with probe to perform gastroscopy and colonoscopy
Cancer

Colorectal Cancer Is Killing More Young Adults

A review of data since 1970 shows that colorectal cancer is killing more white Americans between age 20 and 55.

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Breast Cancer

Can Curcumin in Turmeric Fight Pancreatic Cancer?

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It has shown intriguing activity against breast, prostate & colorectal cancer. What about pancreatic cancer?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Nordic Diet vs. Dementia

Of course you have heard of the Mediterranean diet. We'll bet you haven't heard of the Nordic diet. It appears to be good for the brain and anticancer too.

Loving Couple Strolling Hand in Hand on Beach
Cancer

Why You Should Exercise and Eat Right, Now

When colon cancer patients exercise and eat right, they are less likely to have the cancer return and more likely to survive.

Doctor gastroenterologist with probe to perform gastroscopy and colonoscopy
Cancer

Are Younger People Now at Risk for Colon Cancer?

People born since 1990 are more likely to develop colon cancer at a young age. This suggests that some young people should be screened.

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Colorectal Cancer

Common Pain Relievers (NSAIDs) Vs. Colorectal Cancer

How good is the evidence that aspirin or NSAIDs can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer? You might be surprised at the results of the latest research.

Doctor gastroenterologist with probe to perform gastroscopy and colonoscopy
Cancer

How Does a Colonoscopy Affect Microbes of the Digestive Tract?

Cleansing the bowel in preparation for a colonoscopy may deplete the digestive tract of many types of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics might restore them.

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Breast Cancer

Staying Active Can Help Prevent Chronic Health Problems

People who engage regularly in moderate to vigorous physical activity are less prone to chronic health problems such as heart disease or diabetes.

aspirin tablets
Cancer

How to Keep Cancer from Spreading by Taking Aspirin

Cancer patients may want to ask their oncologists if they should be taking aspirin on a regular basis to keep cancer from spreading.