What to expect during an endoscopy procedure

What is an endoscopy? In the most simple terms, an endoscopy is a test that helps your doctor learn more about what’s going on inside your body.

An upper endoscopy specifically is a highly-accurate, nonsurgical procedure used to investigate problems related to your digestive health that is used to identify the presence of polyps, cancerous tumors, ulcers, inflammation, and other damage to your stomach or digestive tract.

In some instances, the procedure is more effective for detecting abnormalities and problems in the upper digestive system than X-rays and other types of imaging.

Keep reading to learn more about what happens during an upper endoscopy and what the procedure can detect.

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Medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction

It is no secret that opioid addiction is an ongoing challenge in healthcare across the country. The consequences of untreated addiction to opioids or any other substance can be tragic for addicted individuals, their families, and entire communities. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared the opioid epidemic to be a public health emergency. Since then, HHS estimates that 10.3 million people misused prescription opioids in 2018, causing 130+ deaths every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. 

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Surprising signs you’re pregnant

This article is part of the Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy.

Whether you’ve been trying to conceive or you’re just starting to think about making a baby, the chances are good that you’re already on the lookout for any early signs of pregnancy.

Many couples trying to have a baby know to keep watch for common, early pregnancy symptoms like missed periods and bouts of morning sickness.

But, because every woman’s body is different, no single symptom is an absolute guaranteed indication of pregnancy. For example, sometimes, a woman might miss her period because of stress or changes in diet and exercise.

Keep reading to learn some of the surprising signs you’re pregnant.

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Having a healthy new year

With a new year comes a fresh start in getting on track to good health. New Year’s resolutions are often full of plans to get in shape, lose weight, or kick a habit.

Unfortunately, the failure rate for these new year goals is about 80%, according to the U.S. News and World Report, with most people stopping work towards their resolutions in February.

With hard work, ambition, plan, and the right support, you can achieve your goals of having a healthier 2020 and beyond.

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