Rather than focusing on single foods for ‘gut health’, we’re better off having a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
If you believe the memes, men spend ages in the toilet. But they're not always pooing. Here's what they're really doing.
Stomach pains are a rare symptom of COVID-19 and are much more likely to be caused by something else.
Public restrooms aren’t known for cleanliness to begin with.
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Public restrooms can be scary when it comes to coronavirus, and they get scarier when you look at how the virus spreads. A doctor explains how to stay safe when you’re traveling and really gotta go.
Burping is a normal way for the body to release swallowed air, and often happens after eating or drinking fizzy drinks!
Oh! Excuse me! Please pardon my sphincter, esophagus and throat.
One in six healthy people report problems with bloating.
People who bloat don’t produce more abdominal gas than others but they might have problems getting rid of it.
If it’s been out longer than four hours, it’s best to throw it away.
By Merrimon Crawford
Did you forget to put the leftovers away? If it’s only an hour or two, that’s OK, but as the temperature drops under 60 degrees, the risk of bacterial growth – and food poisoning – increases.
Almost half of all people will experience haemorrhoids at some point.
Haemorrhoids can be painful, and may sometimes require surgery. We don’t know exactly why they can become problematic but there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of getting them.
Let your tea towel dry out after each use to reduce its bacterial load.
Yes, bacteria can accumulate on tea towels. But most of the bacteria the researchers found are not responsible for food poisoning or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Ten cases have been reported so far, including two deaths.
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Two people have died after eating rockmelon contaminated with listeria. A total of ten cases have been confirmed in NSW, Queensland and Victoria between Jan 17 and Feb 9, and more are expected.
Keep it cool.
The good news is that the bacteria that cause food to spoil are quite different to the bacteria that typically cause food poisoning, and generally don’t make you sick.
Doctors are trialling faecal transplants to treat a range of gut and other conditions.
There’s growing evidence poo transplants can work for some conditions, including a type of diarrhoea. But they’re not for everyone.
The process of passing a bowel motion is more complicated that you might think.
Pauline Hanson’s concern about the ATO installing squat toilets to cater for its increasingly diverse workforce has prompted debate about the best way to go to the toilet: sitting or squatting.
Inflammation in your stomach and intestinal tract causes diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain.
Oral rehydration is the cornerstone of treatment for gastro, especially if you're suffering from mild to moderate dehydration.
For years, we’ve known that brain activity can affect our gut.
Could it be that in some cases, changes in the gut are actually driving mood disorders rather than the other way around? Mounting evidence suggests this is likely to be the case.
People aren’t productive at work when they’re ill and they risk infecting others.
You wake up and feel under the weather. If you’re vomiting or have a fever, the decision to stay at home is probably clear cut. But what if you generally feel unwell but are torn about missing work?
New antibiotics are desperately needed to treat these infections.
Superbugs are back in the news – and everybody loves a good germ panic story.
Symptoms can occur as soon as 30 minutes after exposure to the culprit organism or toxin.
We’ve all experienced the abdominal cramps and the urge to get to a toilet – quickly! When the stomach and intestinal tract become inflamed, our bodies respond with the sudden onset of diarrhoea, associated…
An often isolating experience.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract which affects up to 20% of people worldwide. In the UK and the US, about 10-15% of people have IBS – and most…