Carrie Johnson is representing the United States at the 2012 Olympics in pursuit of the gold medal in women's kayaking.
He thought the bleeding was a hemorrhoid, brought on by a strenuous weightlifting session at the gym.
Passengers on the Crown Princess are coming home early from a Caribbean cruise, thanks to a second nasty outbreak of gastrointestinal illness.
Hilary Davidson was diagnosed with celiac disease eight years ago and worried at first that she couldn't maintain a gluten-free diet on the road. But the idea of staying in one place didn't suit her -- or her work as a novelist and travel writer -- so she started calling restaurants and turning to the Internet to figure out what she could eat abroad.
Dr. Oz tells vegans how to get proteins and vitamins they may miss.
I seem to have a pretty bad case of flatulence and have been reading about what foods may be contributing to it. It appears that a lot of my diet could be responsible. How does someone find the right combination of foods when most of my diet is on the "list" and still eat healthy? Not a big meat eater, I'll usually choose fish. I eat mostly (fresh) vegetables, (fresh) fruits and whole grain breads. Any help or suggestions you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
I have ischemic colitis. I was in the hospital for four days and got better. But a week later, the pain came back. Will I have this for the rest of my life?
Myth 1: Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins.
I am a 30-year-old male. I am having episodes of abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. The doctor says she suspects ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease and wants to do a colonoscopy. What are these diseases? What else could this be and is it appropriate to do a colonoscopy?
I have had a weight problem for 23 years. I have lost and regained over 400 pounds. My weight-loss doctor is offering the "sleeve." I have been told because of my gastroesophageal reflux disease that the Lap Band is not an option, nor is the more well-known gastric bypass because of a high family history of cancer. I have all the problems common in morbidly obese people, some I had even when thin. High, difficult-to-control blood sugar, blood pressure and a mild heart issue controlled by meds. The sleeve has been done only a few years -- can it be a good option for me?
I know that I'm sensitive to carbs but I wanted to know how sensitive I was to gluten. I had a test taken by a nutritionist, and it came out positive. So I wanted to get tested by an official M.D., which I did. He tested me for celiac disease, even though I told him I didn't have it. He didn't understand when I told him that gluten sensitivity has different degrees of impact. Was I misinformed? I always thought it was a spectrum.
I have celiac disease (gluten intolerance), and I am wondering how to lose weight given my restrictions in my diet.
Sprouts grown in Germany are the likely source for an E. coli outbreak that has killed 22 people, officials said Sunday.
The folks at the Bellator Fighting Championships don't want to hear it. Hector Lombard definitely doesn't. But even though the promotion's middleweight champion fought Saturday night and scored a vicious one-punch knockout in front of the second-largest viewership in MTV2 history, mixed martial arts has been on spring break for the last couple of weeks, pretty much, and will remain in a holding pattern for another week or so, before picking up steam with UFC 130 on Memorial Day weekend.
Sarah Cooper was a new mom in her mid-20s, busily juggling her family and a career as an electrical engineer, when everything came to a halt.
How long does it take to feel the benefits of a gluten-free diet once diagnosed with celiac disease? I have been living gluten/casein free for over five years now and have yet to see much improvement.
An antibiotic widely used to treat diarrhea in travelers may also provide some relief to people with the common and difficult-to-treat condition known as irritable bowel syndrome, according to a pair of new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro initially rejected a colostomy procedure when he fell ill in 2006, putting his own life at risk, according to an unnamed medical source quoted by U.S. diplomats in cables released by WikiLeaks.
I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy about four years ago. Recently I noticed that when I am lying down flat on my back I experience chest pain/tightness and difficulty breathing. Is this related to my heart disease?
Last week, Dr. Brawley answered a question about whether Jessie from North Carolina has symptoms that could indicate gallbladder problems. This week, he offers another theory for what could be causing her pain.
I have suffered from eczema for many years. I changed doctors last year and she thinks that my skin condition may be a result of being allergic to gluten.
Popular bone drugs taken by millions of older people to prevent osteoporosis do not appear to raise the risk of cancer in the esophagus, as some doctors and patients have feared.
I keep having this terrible heartburn. It hurts to elevate my legs. Food feels like it's coming back up, and it burns very badly. Sometimes it makes me cough. What should I do?
Some heartburn medications could increase the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures in high doses or with long-term use, the Food and Drug Administration warned.
Cases of E. coli 0157, a strain of bacteria in the E. coli family that can cause severe food poisoning, dropped significantly in 2009, according to surveillance data for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I have severe gastroparesis with a gastric pacemaker and have had no relief. I am now on a full liquid diet and still have many problems. Is there anything else I can do?
Federal health authorities recommended Monday that doctors suspend using Rotarix, one of two vaccines licensed in the United States against rotavirus, saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus.
I have gallstones. They were described to me as a sandbag. My doctor recommended removing the gallbladder; however, I'm wondering whether there is an effective alternative to dissolve the gallstones? I would like to avoid surgery. Your input is highly appreciated.
Some people sickened by an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness on a U.S. cruise ship have recovered, but hundreds remain ill, the cruise company said Wednesday.
The outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness has spread to more passengers on a U.S. cruise ship, with nearly 450 falling sick while at sea, the cruise company said Tuesday.
I would like to receive some advice concerning chronic constipation. The usual recommendations are not helpful for me. My friends laugh at me, but it's not funny when this is happening to you. This chronic problem leaves me bloated and feeling bad every day. I have had physicals with no finding, and no further testing, just prescriptions, which offer only temporary relief. Please help me if you can. Thanks so much!
Heart patients who take certain stomach-acid-suppressing drugs to prevent gastrointestinal bleeding may be at increased risk of dying after a cardiac procedure, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Orlando, Florida.
Larry King and panel talk about loved ones consuming and being injured by contaminated meat products.
Hamburgers are an American passion. And millions of Americans consume burgers, and other forms of meat, every day without consequences.
I can't get my 2-year-old to drink ANY MILK! I have tried soy milk, cow milk with Nesquik, and nothing works. Any suggestions?
The investigation of the E. coli outbreak linked to Nestle Toll House cookie dough is nearly over, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The cause of the contamination has not been identified.
Don Lerman set a record by eating seven sticks of salted butter in five minutes. During six years of competitive eating, he gained 100 pounds.
I've heard that probiotics can help with diverticulitis. What is the strain of probiotics that would work best? Is there a brand name you can recommend? Should it be taken with antibiotics or after the 10-day prescribed course of antibiotics? I realize there is no cure for diverticulosis; I'm trying to be proactive.
The toll of the nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to tainted cookie dough has continued to mount, federal health authorities said Tuesday.
Federal investigators at the Nestle USA plant in Danville, Virginia, have found evidence of E. coli bacteria in an unopened package of raw chocolate chip cookie dough, two sources at the Food and Drug Administration told CNN Monday.
The View co-host calls the accusation against her book "without merit"
You've been coughing for weeks. How do you know if it's just a hard-to-shake cold or something more serious?
For eight years, Jessica Terry suffered from stomach pain so horrible, it brought her to her knees. The pain, along with diarrhea, vomiting and fever, made her so sick, she lost weight and often had to miss school.
KOMO brings us the story of a teen who was able to diagnose herself, after doctors were not.
The View co-host talks about raising a family while living with celiac disease
Investigators probing the illness that forced famed chef Heston Blumenthal to temporarily close his award-winning Fat Duck restaurant last month said Friday that 14 staff members and diners were infected with norovirus, a highly contagious stomach bug.
I am seven months post Roux-en-Y bariatric surgery. I am regularly having bloody stools. No pain. The blood is bright red, and I do eat nuts daily. The blood is contained throughout the stool. No diarrhea. I have an appointment with my bariatrician in early January. Can I wait until then to talk to him about it, or should I get in touch with him sooner?
As Apple enthusiasts speculate over why pancreatic cancer survivor Steve Jobs won't appear at Macworld Conference & Expo this year, the CEO asks them to think differently about his health.
I have heard that a hiatal hernia can mimic more serious medical conditions, such as a heart attack or make it difficult to breathe. What symptoms could a hiatal hernia produce that would seem to come from more serious other medical conditions?
Peppermint oil, soluble fiber, and antispasmodic drugs can indeed help people with irritable bowel syndrome, according to an analysis of 25 years of research on the condition, which is characterized by bouts of diarrhea and constipation.
The Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine causes neither autism nor gastrointestinal disorders, a study reported Wednesday, disputing a theory that has persisted for a decade.
A new study finds no link between the measles vaccine and Autism. Elizabeth Cohen discusses the findings on CNN.
Patients with diverticular disease are commonly advised to avoid nuts, popcorn and seeds, but one study questions whether there's really a link
The U.S. agriculture secretary expressed confidence in the nation's food safety system, but said the meat processing industry will always face challenges
Millions of Americans suffer from heartburn when they go to sleep. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
Lidocaine, methyl salicylate, hydrocortisone. You probably don't think twice about using over-the-counter creams with these ingredients when you need to soothe a sore muscle or bug bite, prep your legs before hair removal, or combat that vaginal itch. If the product's available without a prescription, it can't hurt you, right? Wrong.
A major report says obesity and alcohol raise your chances of getting cancer. ITN's Sue Saville reports
Katherine Sutherland, an OB-GYN in Mountain View, California, knows something about terrible periods -- and not just from her patients. She used to go through tampons every hour, excusing herself to go to the bathroom between appointments. Heavy bleeding made doing what she really loved --hiking -- especially difficult. Truth is, she wanted her period to go away altogether. In 2003 Sutherland, then age 51, got her wish. She had a minor surgical procedure called endometrial ablation, or by its brand name, NovaSure, to remove her uterine lining and stop heavy bleeding. And she hasn't had a period since. "I was delighted," she says. "Up until that time I'd never missed one period." Sutherland recently hiked 8,000 feet to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Forget Rolaids. For the 70 million Americans who suffer from gastrointestinal diseases -- and rack up $100 billion in medical costs each year -- a better solution is at hand: the SmartPill.
Back in the spring of 2001, a 64-year-old Texas rice farmer named Jacko Garrett watched a fleet of 18-wheelers haul away truckloads of rice that he had grown with great care. "It just bothers me so bad," Garrett said. "I'm sitting here trying to find food to feed people, and I've got to bury five million pounds of rice." No one likes to waste food, but for Garrett, who runs a charity that collects rice for the needy, the pain was especially acute.
Most people say they're tired when they skip their morning run or nod off during their favorite 9 o'clock sitcom. But if you want to know about real bone-crunching fatigue, the kind that chains you to your bed, ask someone with a thyroid disorder.
Novartis pulled its irritable bowel syndrome drug Zelnorm off the U.S. market at the FDA's request because of a possible stroke risk to patients, the company said Friday.
Jaret Ames, acting chief of the vessel sanitation program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sheds light on norovirus facts -- and fictions -- and ways that cruise passengers can avoid getting sick.
An estimated 3 million Americans have celiac disease, but most don't even know it. CNN medical correspondent Judy Fortin learned more about the ailment from Dr. Cynthia Rudert, gastroenterologist and medical adviser for the Celiac Foundation, a national awareness organization.
"Gluten-free" has officially kicked low-carb to the curb.
A highly contagious form of stomach flu sickened hundreds of passengers during a worldwide voyage on the famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship in what health officials called an unusually large outbreak.
Health officials blamed a highly contagious, hard-to-get-rid-of virus for an outbreak of illness among nearly 400 patrons of an Olive Garden restaurant outside Indianapolis.
Taco Bell reopened most of the more than 90 restaurants that it closed in the Northeast following an E. coli outbreak that sickened as many as 67 people, a company spokesman told CNN Tuesday.
Taco Bell reopened most of the more than 90 restaurants that it closed in the Northeast in recent weeks following an E. coli outbreak that sickened as many as 64 people, a company spokesman told CNN on Tuesday.
Sixty-four cases of E. coli bacteria related to the outbreak that hit several Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast in the past two weeks have now been confirmed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 120 people in six states may be infected with the strain of E. coli bacteria involved in an outbreak that may be linked to Taco Bell restaurants, officials said Friday.
As many as 84 people in five Northeastern states have been confirmed as having the strain of E. coli bacteria involved in an outbreak believed to be linked to Taco Bell restaurants, officials said Thursday.
Once again the thorny issue of replacement estrogen grabbed attention in the major medical journals -- the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of studies that document the pluses and risks of this hormone.
The FDA's balancing act between safety and speed is taking center stage with the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri.
Will the scorned painkillers Vioxx and Bextra ever get back on the market? Will Celebrex ever shake its black box warning?
Marital strife and healing
More than a symptom
Merck & Co. Inc. tried to patent a drug that would reduce heart attack risks for Vioxx users, three years before the company withdrew the painkiller because of safety concerns.
Better care for women cited
Nearly 250 people on a seven-day Caribbean cruise were sickened by a Norwalk-like stomach virus, which officials believe was brought on board by a passenger previously exposed to it, the cruise line said Friday.
News from Oracle, MGM and Callaway Golf moved their stock after the bell, ahead of the housing and industrial production data to be released Wednesday.
For 15 months violent conflict has been raging in Sudan's Darfur region, where U.N. officials have accused Sudan and allied Arab tribal militias of "ethnic cleansing."
Most business travelers would agree that the single greatest impediment to a successful trip is falling sick.
Millions of people wake up at night with severe chest pain. Chances are it's not a heart attack but gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as heartburn and caused by a glitch in the...
I predict that mass culture will persist.
Some 60 million Americans regularly endure the characteristic burning sensation commonly known as heartburn. Twenty-five million of them suffer every day. Now more than ever, heartburn--also known ...
As many of America's 23 million arthritis sufferers know all too well, the pills that provide welcome relief from joint pain and inflammation may, over time, also cause stomach trouble, ranging fro...
Eureka, California, is the heartburn capital of the U.S.A. So says Warner- Lambert, maker of Rolaids. The company studied 197 cities and found that antacid munchers among the 25,000 residents of Eu...
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