Entries by Gastro Health

Attention Baby Boomers

CDC issues new guidelines for Hepatitis C screening for the “Boomer” Generation (1945-1965) In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines for screening of the Chronic Hepatitis C infection. The previous guidelines had targeted only persons thought to be at high risk, such as those who received a blood transfusion prior to […]

Gluten-Free Corner

Gluten-free dining can be enjoyable, healthy and nutritious. More restaurants and food companies are becoming in tune with the special dietary needs of the Celiac Disease population. Here, you will see a list of some restaurants that provide a “gluten-free” menu; be sure to let your server know that you have a food allergy to […]

Pediatric News: Coping with IBD

It is never easy to learn that you have a chronic illness, especially as a child. It can make them feel afraid, sad, nervous, or just “different.” Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) face the challenge of an unpredictable and potentially embarrassing disease. They may be embarrassed about their symptoms or frequent visits to the […]

Investigative Overview: Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis can be literally translated to mean “stomach paralysis.” In this disorder, there is an abnormal or absent motility of the stomach. This is a common disorder which is most frequently associated with diabetes. However, in approximately 50% of individuals, other factors may play a precipitating role. For example, underlying medical conditions such as scleroderma […]

What Can Remicade Do For You?

So your GI doctor says to you, “I think we should use Remicade to treat your IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). We can set you up to do convenient in-office infusions.”  Your brain suddenly goes into overdrive. You have so many questions! What is Remicade? How is it given? What is an in-office infusion? What are […]

Dealing with Gas and Bloating

Functional gastrointestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are very common, ranking second in the causes of absence from work or school. Bloating is one of the most common manifestations of IBS, caused by distension of the gut lumen by gas leading to pain, the sensation of bloating and visible abdominal distension. The amount […]

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a condition in which a protein found in certain foods – gluten – causes the immune system to damage the small intestine. The small intestine is responsible for absorbing food and nutrients. However, when the lining of the small intestine is damaged this can cause problems with absorbing nutrients which is referred […]

Treating Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are a normal part of the human anorectal anatomy. They do not constitute a disease unless they become symptomatic. The prevalence of symptomatic hemorrhoids in the United States is reported to be 4.4%, affecting men and women equally. Hemorrhoid disease accounts for 3.2 million ambulatory care visits, 306,000 hospitalizations and the issue of over […]