Entries by Gastro Health

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. […]

Dealing with Diverticulitis

Diverticulosis is the presence of pouches that form in the muscular wall of the colon that bulge outward. Although these pouches generally produce no symptoms, when they become inflamed it is referred to as diverticulitis. You may also hear both conditions described as Diverticular Disease. Diverticulitis is initiated by the thinning of the wall of […]

Surgical Treatments for Colon Cancer

Colon cancer affects over 100,000 men and women each year. The available treatment options that have proven to be effective for colon cancer are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. A combination of these treatments is common to achieve better results. But usually, surgery is the most effective option to treat colon cancer. The surgical removal […]

What You Might Not Know About Antibiotics

Antibiotics are widely used in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. While antibiotics are safe for most people, it has been proven that a common side effect of the treatment is diarrhea. Symptoms can range from mild abdominal discomfort, watery diarrhea, to severe colitis and even death. Sure, the medicine kills the bad bacteria that […]

Evaluation of Swallowing “Doctor, I have trouble swallowing.”

Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects your throat to your stomach. With each swallow, the esophageal muscle contracts and pushes food into the stomach. At the lower end of the esophagus, a valve (a special sphincter muscle) remains closed except when food or liquid is swallowed […]

A New Era for the Treatment of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of liver-related mortality and the number one indication for liver transplantation in the United States. On May of 2011, the FDA approved 2 new drugs for the treatment of chronic Hepatitis C: Incivek (Telaprevir, by Vertex) 700mg (two 350mg tablets) three times daily with food Victrelis (Boceprevir, […]

Imaging Insights: Intestinal Tract Contrast

“OK Doctor, I’ll have the CT Scan… But do I have to drink that nasty white stuff?” You have seen your Gastro Health clinician, provided a history and had your physical exam. Your doctor can choose from many further investigative modalities be it laboratory, diagnostic testing, endoscopy or perhaps imaging. If the determination is made […]

FIU College of Medicine and Gastro Health Working Hand in Hand

In 2009 FloridaInternationalUniversity opened the new Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the first public medical school in South Florida, with an initial class of 43 students. Two years before the first class started, the dean of the new medical school approached Gastro Health to form a partnership to develop the Gastroenterology curriculum.  Dr. Daniel Gelrud […]