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  • Gastroenteritis (“Stomach Flu”)

    Gastroenteritis (“Stomach Flu”)

    What is gastroenteritis? Many people blame “the stomach flu” whenever they fall ill with nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. But stomach flu is actually a misnomer: The viruses that cause the “real” flu (influenza) usually don’t affect the stomach. When doctors speak of stomach flu, they’re usually referring to a popular name for a condition in

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  • Gastritis

    Gastritis

    What is gastritis? Many people — including some doctors — use “gastritis” as a fancy word for stomachache, but the term really means “inflammation of the stomach.” Most people with sore stomachs don’t have gastritis. When inflammation does set in, it can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Fortunately, gastritis is usually easy to control. You

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  • Giardia

    Giardia

    There’s a reason why veteran hikers and campers never drink directly from lakes or streams, no matter how clean and pure the water may look. It’s the same reason why getting a mouthful of water from a swimming pool or a hot tub isn’t such a great idea, either. Water that isn’t intended for drinking

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  • GERD

    GERD

    GERD is the acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition in which stomach acid frequently splashes into the esophagus. GERD occurs when the valve connecting the stomach and esophagus becomes weak, turning the junction into a two-way street. Because the esophagus isn’t well equipped to handle such a harsh liquid, GERD often causes burning pain

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  • Gallstones

    Gallstones

    The gallbladder often seems more trouble than it’s worth. This small storage pouch plays a minor role in the body, but it’s a major source of disease. Specifically, the organ can become a breeding ground for gallstones, hard crystals that can cause absolute misery. Each year, about 1 million Americans develop gallstones. More than half

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  • Diabetes: Lowering Your Glycemic Index

    Diabetes: Lowering Your Glycemic Index

    Low glycemic index foods include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. In general, the more fiber in a food, the lower the glycemic index.

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  • Tooth and Gum Care (Children)

    Tooth and Gum Care (Children)

    When should my child start brushing? Clean your child’s very first teeth by rubbing them gently with a damp piece of gauze. But when the first molars come in, usually by the age of ten months, it’s time to start daily brushing. Use a soft-bristled brush and water. Move the brush back and forth gently

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  • Gout

    Gout

    The first attack of gout usually comes on suddenly. You’ll feel intense pain in a joint, most often in the big toe. In addition to being extremely painful, the affected joint may be red, swollen, and warm to the touch.

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  • Green Tea

    Green Tea

    Green tea smells different from black tea. And it tastes different, too. You might call it “fresh” or even “grassy.” And if you drink it regularly, you can also call it good for you. Packed with antioxidants, green tea may be one of the healthiest things you could ever put in a mug. What is

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  • Goldenseal

    Goldenseal

    Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis ) is a perennial plant that grows deep in the woods from Vermont to Arkansas. Cherokee Indians used its golden roots as a yellow dye, for skin problems, and as an eyewash. After the Civil War it was such a popular ingredient in medicines that it nearly became extinct. Today it’s still

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