By Christopher Cutler, M.D.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 10-15% of adults in the United States.  It is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits.  IBS is usually treated with dietary modifications and medications directed at underlying symptoms (diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating).  Patients may also receive benefit […]

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By May Marschner, PA and Dr. Andrew Heiner Fiber, fiber and more fiber…yes, it is important, but did you know it actually helps prevent hemorrhoids and may lower cholesterol? Most of us know a high-fiber diet has many health benefits, from improving digestion to lowering cholesterol and preventing some diseases. However, most Americans still struggle to get […]

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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 […]

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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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