Category: Gastrointestinal Health

By James M. Stewart, MD Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) is a common problem that many people experience. Oftentimes, trouble swallowing is caused by acid reflux or even a small, but harmless, narrowing of the esophagus may cause food to stick in the throat. These conditions are usually assessed with an upper endoscopy where a dilation of […]

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By Scott Moffitt, PA-C Acute gastroenteritis, more commonly known as the stomach flu or food poisoning, is an infection of the stomach and intestines which is usually caused by a virus, the most common being norovirus. You may have heard of this virus being the culprit of GI illnesses associated with cruise ships or other […]

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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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By Steven G. Desautels Obesity is a growing medical and public health problem worldwide. The health implications of obesity include a wide spectrum of benign digestive diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus (BE), erosive esophagitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), gallstones, and pancreatitis and digestive organ cancers such as cholangiocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma […]

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Belching, bloating, and flatulence: Any of these symptoms can be embarrassing, leading to unwanted noises, abdominal discomfort, and general malaise. Occasionally experiencing these symptoms is normal, but if symptoms become excessive or too frequent, they can negatively impact your life. Belching occurs when excess air is swallowed, causing the stomach to become too full. Flatulence […]

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by James M. Stewart, MD Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints a gastroenterologist hears in daily practice. Evaluating abdominal pain is complicated and often involves looking for patterns. The first place to start is with some questions about the pain. Common questions include: • When did the pain start? Whether a patient’s […]

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“Clean eating” is a popular trend in food preparation and consumption. What it really means is choosing foods that are as close to their natural state as possible (meaning without added chemicals, salt and sugars where possible). If you’re having digestive issues, particularly after eating certain foods, it’s worth considering a month or more of […]

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