Peptic Ulcer Disease
Although more prevalent in the duodenum, gastric ulcers have become more common, secondary to use of low-dose aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Supplement Use for Better Health
With thousands of dietary supplements on the market and often contradictory or unconvincing clinical evidence for their use, many providers hesitate to make recommendations for or against them.
The Nuts and Bolts of Celiac Disease
Gluten proteins found in barley, rye, and wheat trigger systemic injury primarily to the small intestine, but they can also affect the joints, liver, skin, uterus, and other organs.
GERD's Atypical Symptoms
If left untreated, GERD can lead to Barrett esophagus, esophagitis, strictures, and esophageal cancer.
Equal Opportunity Infection: Clostridium difficile
Traditionally described as a nosocomial infection affecting the elderly population and those who have recently been on antibiotics, CDI is growing in cost, prevalence, and severity.
Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There is no cure for IBS, and its management should be individualized based on patient preferences, potential triggers, predominant symptoms, and symptom pattern and severity.
Antibiotic and Anticoagulation: Watching Warfarin Levels
Retail health care providers are in an optimal position to monitor for drug interactions between warfarin and antibiotics because 80% to 90% of all antibiotics are prescribed in an outpatient setting.
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