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Gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic Health System specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract.

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5 things you can do to keep your colon healthy

For years, turning 50 came with a special birthday message from your health care provider: Time to have a colonoscopy. Read about the new age guideline.

September 17, 2018

Gut check: Colon cancer risks and screening

Are you at risk for colon cancer? You can find out by answering a variety of questions with our colon cancer screening tool.

May 24, 2018

Gluten-free: What does that mean?

A gluten-free diet helps manage symptoms of celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten. It's important to know how it can affect your overall nutritional needs.

Judy Nichols, N.P. By Judy Nichols May 17, 2018

What to expect before, during a colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer screenings are recommended beginning at age 50. Preparing for a screening can be uncomfortable or inconvenient, but it's necessary for detecting cancer and could be lifesaving.

Jaime Zighelboim, M.D. By Jaime Zighelboim March 2, 2018

Food intolerance or food allergy?

Food intolerances are very common. In fact, many people often confuse food intolerance with food allergies. However, they are different. Learn how to distinguish between the two.

Victoria Louwagie PAC By Victoria Louwagie February 13, 2018

Stool DNA test for colon cancer FAQ

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Early detection is key. Read FAQ about a new screening test you can do in the privacy of your own home.

Glenn Kauppila, D.O. By Glenn Kauppila January 31, 2018

Take the burn out of GERD

We’ve all heard the phrase “feel the burn.” Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, symptoms include heartburn and regurgitation. When it occurs twice or more weekly, it may require attention.

Jaime Zighelboim, M.D. By Jaime Zighelboim July 28, 2017

Skipping sedation: A quicker colonoscopy

Deb Gunderson has natural curiosity and a love of medicine. It was for those reasons that the licensed practical nurse opted for a sedation-free colonoscopy when she was due to receive the important colon cancer screening.

February 21, 2017

Steps to prevent norovirus

The end-of-the-year holidays are perfect for family gatherings, shopping excursions and workplace potlucks. These, in turn, can lead to an uninvited guest: norovirus, which causes people to become sick with cramping, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus.

December 2, 2016

Managing irritable bowel syndrome

Most adults experience occasional constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, urgent bowel movements and cramping abdominal pain. However, for some people, these symptoms are a more regular occurrence affecting their quality of life and daily routine. Unfortunately, many of these individuals have what is known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) yet don’t know it because they’ve never received an evaluation or diagnosis.

April 26, 2016

Beat the burn — heartburn, that is

At least 40 million Americans suffer from heartburn. Most have only mild or occasional symptoms. However, about 15 million need medication on a daily basis to control that burning sensation.

Learn what heartburn is, what causes it and if there are long-term symptoms.

February 23, 2015

Lifestyle and diet in inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which consists of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, can be a frustrating diagnosis to deal with. In general, there is no clear evidence that one trigger alone causes problems. Therefore, there is no particular food, diet or lifestyle that causes, prevents or cures IBD.

February 20, 2015