Treating Barrett’s Esophagus: Time To End the Double Standard

The way we have approached most cancers in the practice of evidencebased medicine has been to remove the precursor lesion before the onset of cancer, thus preventing or minimizing the risk that cancer will develop. We do that for actinic... Read more

Sticking to Gluten-free Diet Aids Celiac Recovery, Study Says

Sixty-eight percent of celiac disease patients who strictly adhered to a gluten-free diet for one year showed normal morphology of the small-bowel mucosa, researchers from Finland reported in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The 32% of patients who had incomplete... Read more

Crohn’s Disease – Harvard Medical School

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes damage in the digestive tract, most often in the small and large intestines. People with Crohn’s disease experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and fatigue. Crohn’s disease may cause only occasional... Read more

Ulcerative Colitis – Harvard Medical School

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. People with ulcerative colitis develop inflammation in the lining of the large intestine (colon). The inflammation leads to the formation of ulcers. This can cause bleeding, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue. Some people... Read more

Treatment of chronic radiation proctopathy with radiofrequency ablation

Chronic radiation proctopathy (CRP) is a common sequela occurring even many years after pelvic radiation. Current ablative therapies for bleeding ectatic vessels have the potential for deep tissue injury leading to ulcerations, perforation, and fistulas. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapy avoids... Read more

GI physician: NAFLD is major health problem

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a major public health risk linked to other problems such as obesity and alcohol consumption, writes Dr. Hyder Jamal, a gastroenterologist for St. Joseph Health practicing in Fullerton, Calif. He writes that NAFLD puts a... Read more

CCFA Takes The Hill!

Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President & CEO Last week marked our 12th annual “IBD Day on the Hill,” and 120 advocates headed to Washington, D.C. to share how IBD affects their daily lives. Among the advocates were patients, caregivers,... Read more

Nutrition experts outline common causes of bloating

Stress, overeating and some chronic illnesses and medications can cause bloating, and nutritionist Monica Reinagel says eating too quickly also is a factor because it is linked to less chewing, reduced carbohydrate digestion and intestinal gas. Nutritionist Marilyn Glenville says... Read more

Gastroparesis: What you need to know

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of gastroparesis, a digestive disorder in which the stomach takes a long time to empty its contents. While diet is important in easing symptoms of gastroparesis, certain medications can worsen the condition.... Read more

Extra fiber may reduce stomach pain and constipation, dietitian says

Pediatric stomach pain often is linked to constipation, which can come from eating too little dietary fiber, writes registered dietitian Beth Wallace Smith, who recommends children get five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and that half of grains be... Read more

Track IBS triggers for better control

“Keeping track of your symptoms is [a] helpful tool. In a symptom journal, record when and where you experienced any stomach pain, discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation. Also include what you were doing, how you were feeling, and what type... Read more

Dietitians can help ID patients with silent celiac disease

Many cases of celiac disease may go undiagnosed because people do not show typical symptoms, but registered dietitians say they may be able to help identify these patients. RD Marlisa Brown said there are subtle signs of celiac disease, such... Read more

UConn grad writes about her family’s experiences with Crohn’s disease

Recent University of Connecticut graduate Abby Searfoss writes online about her family’s experience with Crohn’s disease, which affects her, her father and her sisters. While Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are not curable, researchers are linking the inflammatory bowel diseases to... Read more

Nutritionist says drinking warm water may aid digestion

Drinking warm water in the morning may aid digestion by helping the body break down foods and flush out toxins, clinical nutritionist Stella Metsovas says. Cold water may lack important minerals and have adverse digestive effects, while warm water may... Read more

Gastroenterologist offers tips on choosing probiotics

Good bacteria should make up about 90% of a healthy person’s gut microbiota, but stress, diet or medications can reduce their numbers. Dr. Robbyn Sockolow, a gastroenterologist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said choosing the right probiotic to help... Read more

Study: Gluten-sensitive people often do not get celiac tests

Australian researchers said many people who report gluten sensitivity have not been tested for celiac disease and about 25% of those who adopt a gluten-free diet still have symptoms. Data showed 44% had started a gluten-free diet on their own,... Read more

How to handle belching, bloating and flatulence

Ever wonder why you experience belching, bloating and flatulence from time to time? Although intestinal gas is unavoidable, you may be able to alleviate the symptoms by following some helpful tips found here: Read more

Research on RF Ablation of Barrett’s Esophagus

Coauthored by F. Scott Corbett, D. A. Kuperman and I. Kalvaria. Dec 2009 Patients suffering from Barrett’s esophagus participated in a clinical trial to test the results of treating Barrett’s esophagus with radiofrequency ablation in community gastroenterology practices versus the... Read more

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Blue Star symbolizes the fight against colon cancer. The star represents the memory of those people whose lives have been lost to the disease and the shining hope for a future free... Read more