With the recent FDA approval of a new drug and studies that indicate the effectiveness of new drug combinations for the treatment of Hepatitis C, it appears that we are well on our way to revolutionizing treatment of this potentially deadly liver disease. The need for a new, more effective treatment is significant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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:
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 … Read More
Gastrointestinal Associates, in partnership with Knoxville author and celiac disease expert Janet McKenzie Prince, will present a free, public workshops to help people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity understand their condition and learn how to shop, prepare healthy meals and eat at restaurants. The workshop, “Living Well Gluten Free” will be held Thursday, October 17. Gastrointestinal Associates physician … 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.
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.
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, … Read More