Psychology & Psychiatry

Study explores hypnotherapy for gastrointestinal issues

Loyola Medicine is among the first to conduct a clinical study using hypnotherapy to treat functional dyspepsia, a gastrointestinal disorder affecting approximately 10 percent of the population.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Nervous tummy: Why you might get the runs before a first date

So, you're going on a date and you're understandably a bit nervous. And then you feel it – a churning and cramping in your gut. Suddenly you're running to the toilet and wondering why your body reacts this way. How does ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Gluten-rich foods up symptom onset in functional dyspepsia

(HealthDay)—Gluten consumption impacts symptom onset in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), according to a study published online April 28 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Early-life stress causes digestive problems and anxiety in rats

Traumatic events early in life can increase levels of norepinephrine—the primary hormone responsible for preparing the body to react to stressful situations—in the gut, increasing the risk of developing chronic indigestion ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

An organic cause for a functional gastrointestinal disorder

How many times patients with gastrointestinal disorders have been told "There is nothing wrong, nothing organic, it's all you head". But the pain is real. Now their complaints find a new light in a study published in the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Unhealthy dietary behaviors linked to functional dyspepsia

(HealthDay)—Unhealthy dietary behaviors are associated with refractory functional dyspepsia (RFD), according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Digestive Diseases.


Bowel illnesses sometimes coincide in kids

(HealthDay)—Children suffering from irritable bowel syndrome are four times more likely than other kids to have a condition called celiac disease—an allergy to gluten—Italian researchers report.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Buspirone improves symptoms in functional dyspepsia

(HealthDay)—Buspirone, a 5-hydroxytryptamine 1A receptor agonist, improves symptom severity in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), according to a proof-of-concept study published in the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology ...

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Dyspepsia (from the Greek δυσ- dys- and πέψις pepsis "digestion"), also known as upset stomach or indigestion, refers to a condition of impaired digestion. It is a medical condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen, upper abdominal fullness and feeling full earlier than expected when eating. It can be accompanied by bloating, belching, nausea, or heartburn. Dyspepsia is a common problem, and is frequently due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gastritis, but in a small minority may be the first symptom of peptic ulcer disease (an ulcer of the stomach or duodenum) and occasionally cancer. Hence, unexplained newly-onset dyspepsia in people over 55 or the presence of other alarming symptoms may require further investigations.

Functional dyspepsia (previously called nonulcer dyspepsia) is dyspepsia "without evidence of an organic disease that is likely to explain the symptoms". Functional dyspepsia is estimated to affect about 15% of the general population in western countries.

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