For most, the holiday season is a time to enjoy friends, family, festivities and food. Lots of food. Lots of food they might not usually indulge in.
For individuals who suffer from a GI condition, all that food can present quandaries: “Do I go ahead and eat a slice of Aunt Betty’s special pie even though I know it will make me sick, or do I risk hurting her feelings by turning it down?” “I know I shouldn’t have seconds, but everything looks so good.” Read more >>
In 1999, the U.S. National Health Observances calendar was updated to designate the week of Thanksgiving as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week. What is this condition, and why does it merit a national awareness week, especially one that includes America’s holiday centered on eating?
GERD is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle that connects the esophagus with the stomach. When functionally properly, the LES opens briefly when you swallow food and quickly closes after allowing food to pass from the esophagus to the stomach. In GERD, the LES malfunctions and allows food and stomach acid to flow back (reflux) into the esophagus. Read more >>
With November serving as host to our country’s most food-centered holiday, it seems fitting that in 2010 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating it as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month.
Stomach cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, according to tracking statistics. Nearly one million people are diagnosed with stomach cancer each year, and the disease takes the lives of 700,000 of those individuals. That is a fatality rate of 70 percent. Read more >>
An intestinal pathogen can wreak havoc within hospitals and medical facilities, putting patients at considerable risk of infection and its accordant complications. Avoiding an outbreak is paramount at our three endoscopy centers at Gastrointestinal Associates.
A recent study presented in Denver at the 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) noted that the rates of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) nearly doubled in a decade in U.S. hospitals. The research by Kelly Daniels, PharmD, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, examined 2.2 million people affected by CDI over 10 years. Read more >>
Could something as simple as taking one low-dose aspirin a day help keep colon cancer at bay? Research indicates that, particularly for those at high risk of colorectal cancer, the regimen might be worth considering in addition to proper screening and a healthy diet.
To shed some light on the subject, I’ll provide brief details from a few recent studies: Read more >>
Imagine if eating a certain food ingredient would not only make you sick, but also threaten your health or possibly even your life? What if you couldn’t trust that foods labeled free of this ingredient were accurate?
That’s been the situation faced by millions of people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. The only treatment for these conditions is a 100-percent gluten-free diet. In 2004, Congress called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set standards for foods that claim to be gluten free. Nearly a decade later, the FDA issued its final rule in August that defines what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it “gluten- free.” The rule also holds foods labeled “without gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “no gluten” to the same standard. Read more >>
“Take a few billion bacteria and call me in the morning.” With all the advertising attention paid to probiotics these days, it seems that this unlikely remedy might be the best prescription for many ailments. Are the results as good as advertised, and are these “good” bacteria really safe? Recent research sheds some light on the subject. Read more >>
Behind the scenes: Highest caliber, fellowship-trained pathologists examine all patient specimens in GIA’s on-premises laboratory
Patients are accustomed to developing face-to-face relationships with their physician, the practice nurses and even the front desk staff. Delivering health care is a very personal endeavor.
Conversely, laboratory services can be very impersonal, with many giant commercial labs located thousands of miles away from physician practices and patients. Read more >>
For hemorrhoid sufferers, the idea that there exists a quick, painless treatment that causes hemorrhoids to literally heal and “fall off” probably seems like wishful thinking.
About half of adults 50 or older develop hemorrhoids, which are simply cushions of tissue in the rectum that get pushed into the anal canal, and frequently protrude outside the anus. They are painful, irritating, uncomfortable and even cause patients to alter their lifestyles or curtail certain activities. Read more >>
If it seems like you’re hearing more about gluten-free diets and celiac disease, you are. The condition is increasingly common.
According to a several recent studies reported in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, celiac disease is an increasingly common disease that affects 3.1 million Americans.
Celiac disease is an immune-based reaction to dietary gluten (a protein contained in wheat, barley, and rye), and is found primarily in people who have a known genetic predisposition. The only medically accepted treatment is to avoid foods that contain gluten. Read more >>
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