2014: Issue 30

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Gastrointestinal (GI) tract diseases can affect all of us because daily lifestyle habits often cause them. Routine symptoms like stomachache may be familiar, and we often think them harmless. However, abdominal pain can sometimes be more serious than you think. In this issue of, we devote special attention to the story of the stomachache from various causes.

Though many experience diseases related to gastric disorders, they do not know much about these specific maladies. On page 6, we move from the stomach to the intestines with information about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

You’ll learn that a variety of diseases can cause similar types of abdominal pain in the IBS landscape that require diverse treatments.
Biliary obstruction is another GI tract disease that most people do not know much about.

Our article on page 10 explains the causes and symptoms of this condition. You might be surprised to learn that consuming half-cooked food is a cause of biliary obstruction that can lead to as high as a 90 percent chance of developing cancer.

Our feature on page 16 concerns some major health threats such as pancreatic diseases. This valuable information will increase your awareness so you don’t miss the opportunity to get the right and timely treatment.

We welcome your feedback, ideas and comments about Better Health. Please e-mail us at betterhealth@bumrungrad.com.
Here’s wishing you better health.


Dr. Num Tanthuwanit
Chief Executive Officer
Medical Director and Contributing Editor

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