Probiotic reduces crying in colicky infants

Evidence is mounting that probiotics can give babies relief from colic, a functional gastrointestinal disorder believed to be tied to…

Poo is taboo

IBD Africa, headed by gastroenterologist Dr David Epstein, is a recently launched non-profit organisation that hopes to improve inflammatory bowel…

Pain in the gut

The cause of abdominal problems can be hard to pinpoint. Sometimes serious and minor abdominal problems start with the same…

Aspen’s Gastroenterology Update digibook

This beautifully designed digibook brings you the best gastroenterology-related articles from the pages of Medical Chronicle, collected for ease of…

Ulcerative colitis: the management evolution

The management of ulcerative colitis (UC) has grown increasingly complex over the last few years as a result of new…

IBS or IBD: What’s the difference?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) both affect the gut and present with overlapping symptoms such as…

Death begins in the colon

Inflammation is obvious in many chronic and debilitating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, asthma, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sinusitis and…

Stress-IBS axis

Up to 60% of IBS patients show evidence of increased anxiety or stress. There are numerous definitions of what stress…

Stress management in the IBS patient

IBS is reported more frequently in women than in men and those aged 30 to 49 years. On average, it…

Not all probiotics created equally

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that is not only associated with physical symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting…

Evaluating extra-oesophageal GORD complications

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, characterised by heartburn and/or regurgitation symptoms is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders managed by gastroenterologists…

How to improve bowel prep

Colonoscopy is crucial in investigating large bowel pathologies including surveillance for CRC (colorectal cancer). Poor bowel preparation is one of…

Going au naturel

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) affect between 5% and 29% of the general population. FGIDs include functional dyspepsia (FD) and irritable…

Avoid laundry list in GORD management

Although gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is not age specific, people older than 40 are most affected.

Long-term PPI use: are concerns justified?

Recent studies have raised concerns about the possible adverse effects of long-term proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use, but are these…

Irritable bowel + irritable brain = IBS

More and more, clinical and experimental evidence is showing that IBS is a combination of an ‘irritable bowel and an…

7 dietary interventions in IBD

This article is based on an inflammatory bowel disease presentation by Prof Kevin Whelan of the Department of Dietetics at…

The impact of chronic stress on gut health

Gastrointestinal functioning is particularly influenced by stress. Up to 80% of IBS patients experience comorbid behavioural disorders, such as stress,…

Smoking: What should you advise your IBD patient?

This article is based on a presentation by Prof James Lindsay of the Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom) at…

The POEM procedure for achalasia: a new approach to an old therapy

Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy or POEM is an innovative new therapy for achalasia which allows accurate surgical division of the…

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