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Study: Vitamin D May Help Crohn's Disease

Research suggests that the vitamin reduces dysfunction in the intestinal barrier and may help patients remain in remission. More...

A Lesser-Known Gluten Sensitivity

Over the past decade, a new classification has emerged—non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)—an intolerance to gluten. A growing body of research suggests that this problem is real and that people with NCGS might benefit from reducing their gluten consumption. More...

The Latest Drug Therapies for Treating IBS

Longtime sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome have new options for relief. More...

Fast Facts: What Is Mindful Eating?

Research suggests that the more intuitive or mindful you are, the less likely you are to respond to external cues and overeat. More...

Is Drinking Water Key to Preventing Kidney Stones?

There’s good evidence to suggest that staying well hydrated does indeed help prevent kidney stones. More...

Study: Statins May Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer

Statins, a class of drug used for decades to lower cholesterol and protect against cardiovascular disease, may also be effective at reducing the risk of developing esophageal cancer, particularly in people with Barrett's esophagus. More...

Uncovering a Pancreatic Cyst: Cause for Concern?

It happens more often than you might think: In the course of diagnostic testing for one problem, another unrelated condition is uncovered. Although alarming, such conditions often don't require immediate treatment. Such is the case for symptomless pancreatic cysts found incidentally during a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan that's performed for another reason. … More...

Lifestyle Measures to Manage Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term for a group of chronic disorders that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The most common types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, in which portions of the GI tract become inflamed and cause symptoms like diarrhea, bloody stool, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue and weight loss. Both conditions are marked by an abnormal response in the immune system, which causes it to mount an ongoing attack against the GI tract. More...

New Guidelines on Curbing GERD

Last year, the American College of Gastroenterology released updated clinical guidelines for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) based on an extensive analysis of medical research conducted between 1960 and 2011. The new guidelines highlight three key lifestyle modifications as a first step. More...

GERD Without Heartburn?

The most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is heartburn, which occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach reflux (flow backward) into the esophagus. But about 10 to 15 percent of people with GERD do not have heartburn. Instead, they experience asthma, a chronic cough, chest pain or laryngitis. … More...

Clues Lead to Pancreatic Cancer Marker

One reason pancreatic cancer tends to be fatal is because it usually goes undetected until later stages, when it becomes harder to treat and the chances of survival diminish. At this point, there is no justification for screening the general population, so researchers are trying to find ways to identify people at high risk for pancreatic cancer who would benefit from screening. … More...

Learning to Live the Gluten-Free Life

Celiac disease results from your body's negative reaction to gluten. When your immune system detects gluten, it produces antibodies that damage your small intestine. This causes malabsorption, which means your body can't get the nutrients it needs, such as iron, folate and vitamins D and B12, from food. As many as one in three new cases of celiac disease occur in people ages 65 and older. … More...

Liver Damage: Medication May Be the Culprit

In the United States, injury caused by medication is the most common cause of acute liver damage -- that is, damage that comes on suddenly. While efforts are made to ensure the safety of medications before they're introduced to the marketplace, the reality is that some approved drugs still may cause harm -- and liver damage (which in rare cases can lead to liver failure) is the number-one reason a particular medication is pulled from the shelves. More...

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Scientific American White Papers

The Memory White Paper brings you the best and most powerful of the year's memory and mind breakthroughs from leading medical research facilities around the world.

You will discover:

  • An up-to-date listing of medications for treating Alzheimer's.
  • How breathing problems during sleep may be tied to cognitive decline.
  • New findings on how a Mediterranean diet can help stave off memory impairment.
  • Factors that may reduce the impact of genetic risk in Alzheimer's.
  • How behavioral symptoms such as agitation may predict Alzheimer's progression.
  • Simple, low-tech tests for measuring cognitive decline
  • Characteristics that may increase pain in older adults with dementia—and what to do about it.

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