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Colorectal Cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S. Read more

Colorectal cancer – know the risks and help prevent

Colorectal Cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S. Read more

Do you need probiotics for good digestive health?

Probiotics continue to increase in popularity to relieve digestive health issues. But are they right for you? Read more

FDHS adds gastroenterologist to Lakewood Ranch team

Dr. Ronald Andari is a board-certified gastroenterologist with specialized training in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures.  Read more

Florida Research Institute launches new website

Florida Digestive Health Specialists is thrilled to reveal Florida Research Institute’s new website: Florida Research Institute was founded in 2015 by Florida Digestive Health Specialists and is a global leader in gastroenterology and hepatology research. With a highly skilled... Read more

Can a low FODMAP diet relieve painful digestive health issues?

The low FODMAP diet emerged in popularity over the past few years, assisting many in discovering which foods trigger sensitivities. But why should you consider it and how does it work? Read more

Pathology lab leads new frontier in esophageal cancer testing

Study results will improve testing accuracy for patients who are at an increased chance of developing esophageal cancer. Read more

5 surprising causes of gas

Experiencing flatulence throughout the day is normal, but if you're having higher levels of gas - here are a few possible explanations why. Read more

Beating an invisible disease – Rachel’s story

Rachel struggled for decades with extreme fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, weight loss and other debilitating symptoms before being diagnosed with Celiac disease. Read more

Taking back control – Sarah’s story

"I would never have imagined at age 20 I would be diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis..and I didn't know how severe it would become." Read more

Strength through shared support – Kristin’s story

Kristin knew something was wrong when, in her late 20s, she was too sick to go to work. Read more

Pathology lab recertified by College of American Pathologists

8 physicians from Florida Digestive Health Specialists were honored with Sarasota County Top Doctors awards. Read more

FDHS Sarasota physicians sweep Top Doctors awards

8 physicians from Florida Digestive Health Specialists were honored with Sarasota County Top Doctors awards. Read more

How to navigate eating out with digestive issues

Eating out can be daunting when you're dealing with digestive health issues. Read more

FDHS is presenting sponsor for Take Steps Sarasota

Take Steps is a family-friendly event where patients and supporters empower each other to continue the fight against IBD. Read more

Gastroenterologist joins Lakewood Ranch practice

Florida Digestive Health Specialists is pleased to welcome Dr. Avantika Mishra, a board-certified gastroenterologist, to our specialty network. Dr. Mishra graduated from Johns Hopkins University with honors and received her medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She then... Read more

Physicians take the Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge

Gastroenterologists and team members from Florida Digestive Health Specialists took on the Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge on Tuesday, August 6 to raise awareness for a little-known digestive disease. Gastroparesis is a debilitating disorder that paralyzes the stomach and slows or... Read more

Need a Second Opinion?

A second opinion about your pathology report can help ensure that your diagnoses is correct. Since doctors prescribe treatment and care based on your pathology report, accurate results are essential for your health and safety. You don’t need your doctor’s... Read more

World Hepatitis Day – July 28th

Every year on July 28, World Hepatitis Day aims to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis as a major global health threat. All types of viral hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver; however, hepatitis B and C... Read more

Physicians advocate treat-to-target approach for IBD

A treat-to-target approach for inflammatory bowel disease may lead to better doctor-patient relationships, Drs. David Rubin and Noa Krugliak Cleveland of the University of Chicago Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center wrote in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. They noted this approach... Read more

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

The American Cancer Society estimates 1 million new cases in the world each year, and more than 800,000 deaths annually. Last year alone, it was estimated that more than 10,000 Americans would die from stomach cancer. 1 in 114 men... Read more

People need more information about gastroparesis, group says

There needs to be better public awareness about delayed gastric emptying, or gastroparesis, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. The condition has been linked to diabetes, and it can cause significant effects, such as stomach pain and... Read more

Connect with FDHS on Facebook

Connect with FDHS on Facebook! You’ll see weekly posts about education, information, nutrition ideas and personal stories of people who live daily with digestive conditions. Here is the link to our Facebook page: Please like ‘US’ Below are a... Read more

Barrett’s esophagus tied to polyp, colorectal cancer risk, study says

Patients with Barrett’s esophagus had an 80% higher likelihood of having a polyp detected during colonoscopy and a 50% higher likelihood of having adenomas found compared with a control group, according to Cleveland Clinic researchers. Study participants were from 50... Read more

Don’t let IBS ruin your day: Take control of your symptoms

Tired of the abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation associated with IBS? IBS is a common digestive disorder affecting millions of Americans every day. Learn the facts about IBS ( and find out which treatment options are right for you. Read more

Gastroparesis Awareness

An estimated 10 million Americans are susuffering from a condition known as… Gastroparesis Click here to view/print detailed Gastroparesis flyer Read more

Crohn’s patient inspires others with vacation photos

Makeup artist and former model Bethany Townsend posted vacation photos of herself on the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Facebook page wearing a bikini and other belly-baring outfits that showed her colostomy bags. Millions of people have seen the post, which... Read more

Celiac patients face backlash from critics of gluten-free trend

As more Americans adopt gluten-free diets, some are facing criticism that gluten-free is a fad promoted by food companies to make money. Late-night TV hosts have derided the trend toward gluten-free dieting, and some celiac disease patients say they are... Read more

More baby boomers are obese, report says

A report by the Census Bureau cites a decline in smoking and alcohol intake among Americans 65 and older. However, data indicate 72% of older men and 67% of older women are overweight or obese, putting them at increased odds... Read more

Our FDHS Patient Portal is LIVE and FDHS is excited to be Surfing the Web with our patients!

Just click on the link below and request your invitation to the patient portal. Let’s surf the web together! Patient Portal Read more

Gluten-free trend raises concern for celiac disease patients

The popularity of gluten-free diets among people who do not have celiac disease makes those who do have it worry that the hype will make their lives more difficult through incorrect food labeling and less emphasis on such diets as... Read more

Colon cancer: Have you been screened?

If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable — and curable — types of... Read more

Gallstone disease: Are you at risk?

Gallstones are one of the most common gastrointestinal problems, especially for women. Women between the ages of 20 and 60 years are three times more likely to develop gallstones than men. Learn more about the symptoms and risk factors ( Read more

Impact of diet on IBS depends on condition type

“In the diarrhea-prominent type of IBS, the primary form of treatment is diet. Constipation can be more challenging to treat with diet alone. Other forms of noninvasive therapy that are routinely used are physical therapy and stress management, because studies... Read more

Study: Celiac “brain fog” may lift when patients go gluten-free

An Australian study says people newly diagnosed with celiac disease who went on a gluten-free diet saw improved cognition and mucosal improvement during follow-up. Researchers said the study supports patient reports about so-called brain fog linked to celiac disease, and... Read more

Most celiac goes undiagnosed

“According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, the disease affects one of 133 people, yet some statistics show as many as 97% of people are undiagnosed and it takes an about nine years for the average patient to receive a diagnosis... Read more

ACG releases new probiotics podcast, gut bug glossary to mark World Digestive Health Day

The human gut microbiome and its impact on health and disease is the World Gastroenterology Organisation’s (WGO) focus topic for 2014. In support of WGO’s World Digestive Health Day on May 29, the American College of Gastroenterology released a new... Read more

Study finds liver benefits from larger but fewer meals

Eating small but more frequent meals was linked to increases in liver fat, independent of weight gain, when compared with having larger but fewer meals, according to researchers at the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam in the Netherlands. “These findings suggest... Read more

Pancreatitis becomes more prevalent among young people in U.S.

The rate of acute pancreatitis among 1- to 20-year-olds rose from 23 cases for every 10,000 hospitalizations in 2000 to 35 in 2009, study data showed. Despite the increase, the mortality rate decreased for young patients with the condition during... Read more

Researchers Look Beyond Gluten for Cause of Wheat Sensitivity

Some people with symptoms of celiac disease who test negative for the autoimmune condition have been told they have nonceliac gluten sensitivity, a less severe form of the disease. Now gastroenterology researchers are looking at whether these patients actually have... Read more

Access Magazine Features Dr. Loewe

Access magazine features Dr. Loewe teaching new techniques to help with optimal patient outcomes. Our FDHS physicians are always advocating for the highest quality patient care. Please read Dr. Loewe’s feature on Therapeutic Endoscopic Management of Synchronous Colon Lesions. Click... Read more

Notification for Patients of Florida Digestive Health Specialists

If you were a patient of Florida Digestive Health Specialists during January 2013 through October 2013, please contact us. Personal information about some of our patients may have been accessed. Please call our Privacy Officer at the toll-free number shown... Read more

Dr. Ravi Kondapalli guest on Health and Wellness Channel

Dr. Ravi Kondapalli is a guest on the Health and Wellness Channel. Please listen to hear more about Colon Cancer Prevention. Click here to listen now Read more

Dick Smothers GI Treatment

F. Scott Corbett, MD treated Dick Smothers for Acid Reflux and Barrett’s Esophagus. Read more