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They are the fourth leading cause of death with 30 000 deaths a year. They cause the amount of time spent in bed by the population, to rise by 10%. They intervene in daily life even if they do not appear from early disease, because they are considered minor by the population. Constipation affects about 4. 4% French people. Deaths due to ailments of the digestive system are the result of cirrhosis of the liver, which is degeneration due to alcohol in 90% of cases. Biliary tract disease, gastric ulcers and infectious diseases are responsible for diarrheal states and do not emerge in most records of deaths, especially in industrialized countries. In developing countries, diarrhea is the cause of death among children from dehydration due to poor hygiene and malnutrition.

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