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Could poor sleep be aggravating your IBS symptoms?

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It’s no secret that, as a nation, we’re pretty sleep-deprived. According to the Sleep Council’s most recent Great British Bedtime Report, 30% of Brits sleep badly most nights – and there’s growing evidence that sleepless nights could be a particular issue for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Half of IBS sufferers struggle with insomnia Read More

Haemorrhoid disease

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Haemorrhoids are blood vessels that reside in the anal canal (in and around the bottom) in healthy individuals. When they can become inflamed or swollen they can cause a disease known as piles (haemorrhoid disease). Classification of haemorrhoid disease The haemorrhoid vessels exist in two groups: internal and external, separated by the dentate line. Internal Read More

Abdominal hernias

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(Images from Wikipedia) What is a hernia? A hernia is the protrusion of an organ through the muscular or tissue wall that usually contains it. Although they can occur anywhere, the majority of hernias occur in the abdominal and inguinal (groin) areas. What are the different types of hernia? Inguinal hernias: the inguinal area is Read More

Stomach ulcers

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An ulcer is a breaking in the lining of the wall of an anatomical structure, such as the stomach wall. In the stomach, ulcers develop when the protective mucus layer that lines it is reduced. As a result, the digestive chemicals, such as hydrochloric acid, attack the stomach lining. Signs and symptoms Individuals with stomach Read More

IBD: Ulcerative colitis

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IBD: Ulcerative Colitis Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD) is an inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. There are two main types: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Let’s talk about ulcerative colitis. What is Ulcerative Colitis? Ulcerative colitis is a non-infective inflammatory condition which affects the last part of the gastrointestinal tract, the large bowel which is Read More

Stress and IBS

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As discussed in the first article on IBS, stress is one of the many known factors that can exacerbate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Most people experience stress every day of their lives; how people deal with it, however, can vary enormously. Some people are motivated by a need to achieve, and thrive under Read More

Body weight: what causes hunger and why is it important to maintain a low body weight?

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Everyone gets hungry from time to time. And some people get hungry more often than others. In this article I hope to explain why people get hungry, from a scientific point of view. The brain is composed of lots of different areas, involved in lots of different tasks. One such area is called the hypothalamus. Read More

Advances in Cancer Imaging

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Medical imaging is used for many purposes including diagnosis, treatment and the planning of treatment. At the London Gastroenterology Centre, we are always keeping our eyes open for new ways of imaging. After all, if you are having an a private endoscopy in London or a colonoscopy, it is good to know that the specialists Read More