2010 > Digestive Health

Digestive Health: Digestive Health


The digestive system is vast and complex, spanning a large area of the body that includes many vital organs. Its central role in our overall health is often taken for granted – until something goes seriously wrong.

In this first Better Health issue of the New Year, we’re devoting special attention to the important issues concerning digestive system health.

Highlights from This Issue

Fatty Liver Disease: Silent But Serious Threat

Though it receives little media attention, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a serious and growing health threat, especially to those who wrongly assume that drinking little or no alcohol offers protection against harmful liver disorders.

Q & A

For this issue's Q&A feature, Better Health turned to Dr. Veerakit Apirathprachasilpa, a board-certified specialist in gastroenterology and hepatology. He offers his expert advice to answer readers' questions about digestive health issues.

Digestive Diagnosis Goes Hi-Tech

Gastroscopy is used to examine the esophagus and stomach of patients with persistent but unexplained stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, heartburn or difficulty swallowing. It's also used to determine the source of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract.

Colorectal Cancer: Are You at Risk?

The intestine is a major part of the digestive system; its two major components are the small intestine and the large intestine, which includes three parts - the cecum, the colon, and the rectum. The colon's important role is to help the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, and to assist in flushing body waste through the rectum and anus.

The ABCs of GERD

The main cause of GERD is the reflux (backward flow) of liquid from the stomach into the esophagus due to weak contraction, abnormal relaxation or other disorders of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). These conditions cause heartburn.

Health Briefs

Second-hand tobacco smoke may cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) - a serious, potentially fatal disorder in which fat accumulates in the liver of people who consume little or no alcohol. That's the finding of a recent U.S. study published in the Journal of Hepatology.

Day-To-Day Digestive Health

Pain in the stomach or abdominal area can be caused by a number of medical conditions. In diagnosing the cause of a particular bout of abdominal pain, doctors assess the type, location, frequency and intensity of the pain.

News from Bumrungrad International

Celebrating "The World Famous Flavors of Thailand," Mr. Mack Banner, Bumrungrad Hospital CEO, and Chef M. L. Chanya Chompunud of Bangkok's Pathumwan Princess Hotel, launched the Great Chefs 2010 program by introducing January's special menu.