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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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Does your underwear have more than a small brown streak?

Does your underwear have more than a small brown streak? If you are experiencing rectal discomfort, learn about fecal incontinence tips. Most pelvic floor issues can be diagnosed and treated once identified as a concern.

Deepti Jacob, M.D. By Deepti Jacob September 30, 2019

Good bacteria for your gut

The lining of your digestive tract is covered in microscopic creatures, mostly bacteria, called a microbiome, which plays a large role in your health. Find out how to maintain a healthy microbiome.

May 24, 2019

Woman gets answers, life back after distressing digestive issues

Lynda Rassbach no longer is missing life's important moments. Read about her journey to diagnoses of bile acid absorption and ulcerative colitis, and how answers and treatments she got restored her freedom.

May 20, 2019

Do you need to say goodbye to gluten?

Thinking about trying a gluten-free diet? Learn why it's not necessarily a healthy option for everyone.

May 15, 2019

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