Entries by Gastro Health

Do You Know What a Mid-Level Provider Is?

Mid-level providers, such as Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) are an integral part of the medical team, working autonomously under the supervision of physicians to diagnose, manage, and treat a variety of medical conditions in settings such as primary care, surgery, and various subspecialties including gastroenterology. At Gastro Health, PAs and NPs diagnose […]

IBD and Colon Cancer

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the intestines. The two most common types of IBD are Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC).  Although the overall risk of colon cancer in IBD is only 95 cases per 100,000 – this is much higher than for the general population. In […]

How is Your Family Doing?

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer–related deaths in the United States.  It may affect as many as 1 in 20 persons over their lifetimes. But did you know that an estimated 1 out of every 4 colorectal cancer patients has a significant genetic or inherited component to his cancer? An accurate and complete family […]

Preventing Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer (cancer of the large intestine or rectum) is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Around the world, it is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women and the third most common cancer in men. Approximately 5 in 100 people without risk factors will develop colorectal cancer […]

Imaging of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is a common malignancy associated with substantial morbidity and often leads to death. It would be nice to have a single preferred imaging study for diagnosis and workup of colorectal cancer, yet even with advances of modern imaging such a single imaging modality is not universally accepted. Currently, imaging of colorectal cancer can […]

IBS: The Old and The New

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, meaning it is caused by a problem with the way the gastrointestinal tract works.  People who suffer from IBS do not have intestinal tract damage, but rather suffer from a constellation of symptoms that occur together. For those people recently diagnosed with IBS or […]

Spit Happens – Gastroesophageal Reflux in Pediatrics

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER), defined as passage of gastric contents into the esophagus, and GER disease (GERD), defined as symptoms or complications of GER, are common pediatric problems encountered by both primary and specialty medical providers. Clinical manifestations of GERD in children include vomiting, poor weight gain, dysphasia, abdominal or substantial pain, esophagitis, and respiratory disorders. […]