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Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Summertime draws area residents and visitors alike for a swim in our beautiful lakes, rivers and pools,  to cool off from the daytime heat.  While most outings are relaxing and uneventful, waterborne intestinal, respiratory and skin infections can ruin the best...

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Six Ways to Relieve Constipation

Six Ways to Relieve Constipation

Most of us sooner or later will have to deal with constipation, which is defined as having harder stool less frequently than three times per week.  Listed below are a few common remedies that are useful in breaking an episode of constipation: 1)Increase water intake,...

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How To Treat Acute Diarrhea

How To Treat Acute Diarrhea

We all occasionally at one time or another get hit with an attack of diarrhea.  The most common causes of acute (sudden and short lived) diarrhea are usually from a viral infection or food poisoning.  Our bodies are usually able to clear the infection or toxin within...

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What is Celiac Disease?

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (sprue) is a fairly common, often inherited condition that frequently goes undiagnosed.  Patients with this disease have difficulty absorbing nutrients and vitamins due to inflammation of the lining of the small intestine (see picture).  Foods that...

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Appendicitis

Appendicitis

I saw a patient a few weeks back who was brought in by her dad presenting with a typical medical dilemma...is the patient's abdominal pain appendicitis or not?  Unfortunately, there is usually not an obvious answer; the diagnosis is usually made by reviewing a...

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