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what is the definition or description of: bowel?

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Dr. Alvin Stein
Pain Management 60 years experience
Intestinal tract: The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine and the large intestine.

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Is it normal for baby's to have long belly buttons?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Many babies are born with an umbilical hernia, a small, internal opening in the umbilicus which causes the belly button to protrude. These are not painful and are not dangerous. They do tend to become larger when the child's belly is full or when they are crying. Most of these close on their own by 5 years of age.
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Is fat storage in my waist and abdominal region genetic?

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Dr. Taras Kucher
Vascular Surgery 26 years experience
To some extent.: Truncal obesity is one of the major risk factors. There is a genetic predisposition, but just like with any case of obesity - it is a simple calory count math. If one uses more calories, then he or she consumes, the weight will reduce.
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What's the role of the liver in aiding digestion?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Liver: It is the largest chemical factory in the body so that besides making bile which is required to process your fats in your food, the liver changes the basic digested food compotents into proteins, complex fats and other essential products to help our body and helps detoxify other substances that may be harmful.
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A 48-year-old female asked:

I have a bloated liver and recently stopped drinking, will this get better?

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Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 46 years experience
Liver: Don't know what "bloated liver" refers to or how this diagnosis was made(ultrasound or ct scan) the liver is a solid organ & therefore not bloating does not occur. In heart failure, the liver may be described as congested which could be interpreted as "bloating" similarly with alcoholic hepatitis the liver size can increase but may reduce with cessation of the alcohol. See your doctor.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can one get rid of love handles and get a flat tummy?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Diet & exercise: Make sure you exercise 90 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories.

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