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 >>
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 >>
Great story from WBIR-Channel 10 on a free, public workshop for people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Read more >>
The specialist physicians at Gastrointestinal Associates who perform patient colonoscopies have consistently surpassed an important national quality benchmark for that procedure. The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy set a benchmark of 95 for the percentage of colonoscopies in which the entirety of the colon was examined. Read more >>
When you get sick, do you immediately think a prescription for antibiotics would help? Worse yet, do you take what’s left of an old antibiotic prescription?
There is no doubt that antibiotics can be a vitally important medical tool that are effective in treating bacterial infections, certain fungal infections and some kinds of parasites. They are not, however, useful in treating viral infections, such as colds and influenza, most ear infections, or stomach flu. Research shows that antibiotic misuse and overuse is leading to significant health problems. Read more >>
Have you been putting off having a colonoscopy because you’d rather not endure the dreaded “prep” to clear your colon for the exam? Two new studies may cause you to rethink your reluctance. Read more >>
We are proud to be a national leader in research and technology in the field of gastrointestinal disease. At GIA, our goal is to advance the treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal illness and provide the best state-of-the-art health care for our patients. Read more >>
Recently I was privileged to be a part of a national GI Roundtable held here in Knoxville. During the course of two days, 130 invited leaders of gastrointestinal practices from across the country came together to discuss health care reform and the future of gastroenterology. Read more >>
Beginning January 1, Medicare recipients will no longer be required to pay a co-pay or deductible to receive screening colonoscopies as part of the Medicare Preventive Services program. Read more >>
There is no time like the present to schedule your colonoscopy. Did you know that colorectal cancer is a largely preventable, treatable and beatable disease? It’s true — but you have to take the first step. Read more >>
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