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How to check for presence of intestinal parasites and what's the procedure to get rid of them?

The intestinal and luminal protozoa are normally identified in stool specimens, the blood protozoa by examination of blood films with microscopy (malaria), and lymph node biopsy and serological ...
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How to check for presence of intestinal parasites and what's the procedure to get rid of them?

Intestinal parasites can be detected by stool tests (and additional blood tests if necessary). Note that these tests are often false negative, which means they may not detect parasites even if you ...
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Calcium and iron absorption

Stomach acid helps to get iron absorbed from food. Calcium supplements in the form of calcium carbonate will lower stomach acid levels and thereby impede iron absorption. One can avoid that problem by ...
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Do having multiple COVID tests decrease the chance of a false negative?

Multiple tests can decrease the chance of a false negative. The probability of detection varies with the time since exposure. This Nature article presents an informative (albeit rough) graph. Suppose, ...
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What happens to flatulence gasses when you resist?

They are mainly certain sulfur compounds that cause smelly gas (Gut, BMJ Journals): ...organic sulphides of bacterial origin, primarily methanethiol, dimethyl disulphide, and dimethyl trisulphide,...
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Can a CT scan of the abdomen help find unhealthy mucosal lining in the small intestine?

Yes, an abdominal CT scan can reveal abnormal mucous lining in the small intestine, for example, in Crohn's disease (PubMed Central), lymphoma, etc. Additional investigations, such as capsule ...
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Can your rectum atrophy after a long time of inactivity?

The premise is incorrect. The internal anal sphincter is in a state of chronic contraction and is not under voluntary control. When defecation occurs the sphincter relaxes allowing the passage of the ...
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Is kimchi low FODMAP?

According to Alittlebityummy.com (a website maintained by some dietitians), both sauerkraut and kimchi are high-FODMAP, because during fermentation, some carbohydrates are converted to mannitol, which ...
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Calcium and iron absorption

There doesn't seem to be a problem when you look at iron status so there may be other mechanisms at play that compensate for the effect of calcium on iron absorption. Studies on human subjects have ...
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How can liquids such as oral contrast agents coat the intestinal tract so quickly?

This is a really interesting question and Jrapa86 has given a a good answer, I thought of one small extra point though. When you think about what actually makes the movement of a bolus of food through ...
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How can liquids such as oral contrast agents coat the intestinal tract so quickly?

First we need to make a distinction between the separate types of oral contrast agents. We frequently utilize water-insoluble (like barium), or water-soluble (diatrazole). Another distinction is to ...
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How reliable is enteric coating on capsules?

Without any knowledge about your personal medical condition, nor any intention to address your personal case (your indigestion, gastric/intestinal pH etc., simply because we cannot and should not, as ...
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Can intestinal bacterial overgrowth result in hypophosphatemia?

Chronic small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can be associated with decreased calcium and vitamin D absorption, which can result in increased parathormone secretion, which can result in ...
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Why do a follow-up colonoscopy?

If you are not pleased with what the doctor said or you do not trust him, obtain your medical documentation about your case and ask for the second opinion. Another doctor, in order to be able to ...
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Best type of specialist who performs colonoscopies

Anal Stenosis, I think, is commonly seen in newborns or infants. This needs treatment by itself. A adult person having "Anal Stenosis", if he/she is passing stools normally, then he can, as well go ...
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Foods/Drinks to avoid before and during a flight

Foods that cause bloating in general will also cause bloating on a flight. Foods that can cause bloating from gas production include anything with certain artificial sweeteners (like maltitol, which ...
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