December 4, 2018

By Steven Desautels, MD Microscopic colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon that is characterized by watery, non-bloody diarrhea. Microscopic colitis should be suspected in patients with chronic diarrhea without a clear cause. There is a female predominance and the median age at diagnosis is approximately 65 years. Colonoscopic investigation reveals an endoscopically […]

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A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in the normal and disease processes of the digestive system. This includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. A gastroenterologist (sometimes called a GI doctor) completes their medical degree, usually in Internal Medicine, then completes an intense, specialty fellowship in […]

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November 6, 2018

By Andrew Heiner, MD and May Marschner, PA-C As the interest in probiotics has greatly increased nationwide, it is important to know that there is very limited data supporting when to use probiotics, which strains are most effective, and what benefits they actually provide. Recent studies to determine the effectiveness and benefits (or negative effects) […]

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October 30, 2018

BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE MONEY AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH CARE NEEDS At the beginning of every calendar year, many health insurance plan deductibles reset to $0. With most medical coverage, before your insurance company will start paying healthcare bills, your deductible must be met. You are […]

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By Andrew Heiner, MD UPDATED: 10/25/2018 “Nobody really knows what causes Crohn’s Disease; the first person to figure that out will probably win the Nobel Prize,” says Granite Peaks Gastroenterologist Andrew Heiner, MD. Dr. Heiner, who diagnoses and treats many patients with Crohn’s each year, is incredibly hopeful that in the next several years, the mystery behind the […]

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By R. Kyle Barnett, MD UPDATED: 10/18/2018 Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men and the third most common in women, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Yes, colorectal cancer can be prevented—not just detected—through colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer arises from precancerous growths, or polyps, that grow in the […]

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