Digestive Health Archive


Why are you coughing at night?

Several health issues are associated with nighttime coughing. Some of the most common are postnasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), medication side effects, and heart failure. When a new nighttime cough lasts more than a few weeks, it's important to go to a doctor to rule out dangerous causes, such as heart failure. The doctor can also determine if a drug side effect, postnasal drip, or GERD is causing the cough, and prescribe medications to treat the condition.

9 GERD symptoms to know

Most people think of heartburn when they think of GERD. But there are several other symptoms. Learn 9 symptoms of this chronic condition and how to prevent them. 

Stomachs growl, noses run, and yawning is contagious: Ever wonder why?

There are things our bodies do so often and so automatically that we barely notice them. Yawning, growling stomachs, and runny noses are good examples. Each is a universal part of our daily human experience — but did you ever wonder why?

Taming traveler's tummy

Travel disrupts many of the body's natural rhythms, including digestion, increasing the odds of indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation. Food and water in developing countries can be contaminated with germs that make traveler's diarrhea more likely. Tactics to keep "traveler's tummy" at bay include packing over-the-counter digestive aids and familiar snacks, and avoiding street food and local water and ice.

IBD and LGBTQ+: How it can affect sexual health

Inflammatory bowel disease, a condition that causes inflammation along the gastrointestinal tract, has a major impact on daily life. For people who identify as LGBTQ+ there are some specific concerns and issues to understand and consider.

The humble gallbladder

The gallbladder stores bile from the liver and squeezes it into the small intestine to help digest fats. About 15% of American adults have gallbladder disease, most commonly gallstones. Women are more prone to gallstones because estrogen slows the gallbladder's ability to empty. Serious complications can result from gallbladder disease, including inflammation, infection, and blockages. People can reduce their risk for gallbladder problems by eating more fruits and vegetables, favoring lean proteins, and maintaining a healthy weight.

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