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Duke University Researchers Seek "Stool Selfies" for Science: Smart Toilet in Works to Automatically ID Bowel Movements

Duke University Researchers Seek “Stool Selfies” for Science: Smart Toilet in Works to Automatically ID Bowel Movements

Duke University researchers are seeking to collect 10,000 "stool selfies"for a scientific study in order to develop a "smart toilet" ...
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Menopause and IBD: What a Gastroenterologist Wants You to Know

Menopause and IBD: What a Gastroenterologist Wants You to Know

Living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) isn’t easy. You are likely putting a lot of effort into getting into or ...
What Women with IBD Need to Know About Contraception

What Women with IBD Need to Know About Contraception

In a previous post, we discussed how inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can affect your periods. We take this conversation a ...
Is Your IBD Messing with Your Periods? A Gastroenterologist Says YES

Is Your IBD Messing with Your Periods? A Gastroenterologist Says YES

If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), talking about topics that other people may find embarrassing has probably become quite ...
5 Things to Know About COVID-19 and Your Gut

5 Things to Know About COVID-19 and Your Gut

Did you know that COVID-19 can affect your digestive tract?  In a recent Time article, "Unusual Symptoms of Coronavirus: What ...

Mind

IBD Patients and COVID-19: What They Need to Know and Tips for Managing Stress

IBD Patients and COVID-19: What They Need to Know and Tips for Managing Stress

Sara N. Horst, M.D., M.P.H, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, provided the following insight for IBD patients and their caregivers. Dr ...
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How to Keep IBS from Ruining Your Relationship with Food

How to Keep IBS from Ruining Your Relationship with Food

Instead of letting your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diet control your life and potentially ruin your relationship with food, follow ...
5 Ways to Manage Stress Through Journaling

5 Ways to Manage Stress Through Journaling

When you have a digestive condition, managing stress can be a key part of your treatment plan. While we know ...
Does Stress Cause IBS?

Does Stress Cause IBS?

Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been told that if they could just stop worrying, their IBS would ...
Five Things Patients Need to Know About Opioids

Five Things Patients Need to Know About Opioids

Opioids were one of the earliest classes of medications used for pain across a variety of conditions, but morbidity and ...

Nutrition

Dehydration & GI Conditions: Are You At Risk?

Dehydration & GI Conditions: Are You At Risk?

Feeling thirsty? If you aren’t now, you may be by the end of this article. Read on to learn all ...
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Why Your Low FODMAP Diet Isn't Working

Why Your Low FODMAP Diet Isn’t Working

The low FODMAP diet is a temporary elimination diet that can help those with IBS control their symptoms. While the ...
Dear GI Doctors, Please Send Your Patients to a Registered Dietitian

Dear GI Doctors, Please Send Your Patients to a Registered Dietitian

As a registered dietitian (RD), I love working with gastroenterologists to help our patients find relief from their digestive symptoms ...
4 Things to Do If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

4 Things to Do If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

If your child has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, you may be feeling overwhelmed with everything you need to ...
Nutrition for Gastroparesis

Nutrition for Gastroparesis

If you have gastroparesis, working with your healthcare team to help manage symptoms is essential. While medical treatment is usually ...

Lifestyle

Dehydration & GI Conditions: Are You At Risk?

Dehydration & GI Conditions: Are You At Risk?

Feeling thirsty? If you aren’t now, you may be by the end of this article. Read on to learn all ...
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How IBD Can Affect Your Sex Life: Expert Insight from a Gastroenterologist

How IBD Can Affect Your Sex Life: Expert Insight from a Gastroenterologist

Does talking about sexual health make you uncomfortable? For many women, discussions about sexual health start and end with 8th ...
3 Tips to Help You Balance Work and IBD

3 Tips to Help You Balance Work and IBD

Do you dread going to work because of your IBD? Maybe you are sick of making up excuses for missing ...
Colorectal Cancer: Get the Facts

Colorectal Cancer: Get the Facts

Colorectal cancer is the number two cancer killer and the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States  But ...
5 Tips for Navigating Life with an Ostomy

5 Tips for Navigating Life with an Ostomy

An ostomy bag is a pouch on the outside of the body that’s used to collect stool or urine. In ...

Caregiving

Taking Care of You and Your Family During the COVID-19 Crisis

Taking Care of You and Your Family During the COVID-19 Crisis

Gastro Girl is committed to empowering patients and their caregivers with news  and information from trusted, credible sources. Please see ...
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6 Self-Care Strategies for Caregivers

6 Self-Care Strategies for Caregivers

If you are a caregiver to someone with a digestive condition, the mental and emotional strain can be a heavy ...
4 Ways to Support Someone Living with IBD

4 Ways to Support Someone Living with IBD

Having a friend, family, member or significant other with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can make you feel helpless. You want ...
4 Things to Do If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

4 Things to Do If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

If your child has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, you may be feeling overwhelmed with everything you need to ...
Patient Voices: Living with Gastroparesis: A Little Hope Goes a Long Way

Patient Voices: Living with Gastroparesis: A Little Hope Goes a Long Way

This article first appeared in the The American College of Gastroenterology Blog.  Diagnosed 12 years ago with idiopathic gastroparesis at ...

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