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First, it’s important to note that Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C do share some similarities: • Both can be transmitted by blood contact with an infected individual • Both cause liver damage • Both are treated with medication However, the differences between the two are very important. Hepatitis B can be acute or, short term, […]
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March is colon cancer awareness month in the U.S. and this is an excellent time to really expand on the knowledge that most people may or may not currently have about colon cancer. Colon cancer or colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon and rectum. It is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in […]
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Gallstones, also known as cholelithiasis, are a condition that most people are probably vaguely familiar with, but their knowledge on the subject tends to fluctuate. Gallstones are deposits of digestive fluid that hardens and forms in the gallbladder – which is a pear-shaped organ found underneath the liver (in your upper-right abdomen). The function of […]
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Approximately 12% of people in the United States are lactose intolerant. Those who are lactose intolerant have a deficiency of lactase which is the enzyme produced by the lining of your small intestine. This means that they cannot fully digest lactose, i.e. the milk and sugar in dairy products. You can have a lactase deficiency, […]
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Hemorrhoids occur when a person’s hemorrhoidal veins, which are located in the anorectal area, become enlarged or swollen. They are caused when the pressure on the hemorrhoidal veins becomes too much for the veins to bear. This enlargement/swelling can be external or internal. External hemorrhoids can be seen and/or felt outside of the anus, whereas […]
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Gluten was one of the top trending food-related words of 2013, and is still standing strong so far this year. But what exactly is gluten? For a word with so much fanfare attached it to, most people are surprised when they discover what gluten actually is.  Gluten is a protein. It is found in foods […]