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What is the best measure of quality in a gastroenterologist?

How do you choose a gastroenterologist for your screening colonoscopy?  Everyone wants “a good doctor” but how do you evaluate your gastroenterologist? If a gastroenterologist is diligent, thorough and spends adequate time during a colonoscopy, polyp detection improves.  Polyp detection is key since the removal of adenomatous (precancerous) polyps has been shown in tightly controlled […]

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Proton Pump Inhibitors do not cause Alzheimer’s Disease.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) such as Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Dexilant, and Aciphex have recently been associated with cognitive decline or dementia. In a study published this month in Gastroenterology, 10,486 volunteers within the NIH-supported Alzheimer’s Disease Centers who were aged 50 years and older and had either normal cognition or mild cognitive impairment at baseline […]

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Chronic Use Of Cannabinoid Derivatives May Lead To Increase In Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.

In a retrospective study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology researchers report “that in states that legalized marijuana for medical purposes, chronic use of cannabinoid derivatives has led to a significant increase in cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, characterized by episodes of severe nausea and cyclical vomiting.”

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Video: Dr. Phillips Discusses Medications & Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Featuring Dr. Raymond Phillips

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Video: Dr. Liberski Discusses Inflammatory Bowel Disease & Managing a Flare Up!

Featuring Dr. Susan Liberski

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Video: Dr. Jara Discusses Nutrition & Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Featuring Dr. Sandra Jara

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What Patients Need to Know About a New Study Linking PPIs to Dementia

A recently published study of claims data from a German health plan suggests an association between proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use and dementia in the elderly. Because the claims data used in the current study lack detailed sociodemographic data, such as diet, lifestyle and education, the researchers could not integrate these important factors into the […]

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Gastroenterology Group of Naples Welcomes Dr. Sandra M. Jara

Gastroenterology Group of Naples Welcomes New Female Physician NAPLES, FL (Jan. 4, 2016) – Gastroenterology Group of Naples is pleased to announce the addition of Sandra M. Jara, M.D. Dr. Jara is board-certified in gastroenterology and will provide skilled endoscopy, colonoscopy, and small bowel capsule services. She will be accepting new patients starting January 4, […]

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FDA Approves Lower-Priced Zepatier for Treatment of Hepatitis C

FDA Approves New Hepatitis C Drug January 29, 2016 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Merck & Co.’s Zepatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir), a once-daily, single-tablet combination therapy for hepatitis C. The drug is approved for patients with the most common type of hepatitis C in the US, genotype 1, as well as genotype […]

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New Therapeutic Agent Eluxadoline Can Offer Relief to Men and Women Suffering from IBS with Diarrhea

Eluxadoline (Viberzi, Allergan), a new oral agent with mixed opioid effects, has met fairly stringent criteria for treatment response in men and women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with predominant diarrhea, according to two phase 3 clinical trials published in the January 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (read it here). “Our […]

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips: New perspectives on screening and prevention of colon cancer

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips: Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – A discussion of therapy

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips: The Microbiome and Stool Transplantation

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips: Clostridia difficile diarrhea – A modern epidemic

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Study: Colon Cancer Rates Increasing Among Younger Americans.

Resarch published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology indicates that while “the overall rate of colon cancer has fallen in recent decades…over the last 20 years the disease has been increasing among young and early middle-aged American adults.” Investigators “found that between 1988 and 2009, the biannual colon cancer rates had been […]

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Researchers, Scientist Question Food Fortification.

According to the New York Times (1/31, O’Connor, 9.97M), recent studies have found that “people are exceeding the safe limits of nutrient intakes established by the Institute of Medicine” as more foods are being fortified with vitamins and minerals to meet consumer demand for such products. Researchers note that the vitamins that are the most […]

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Case Report: Patient Became Obese After Receiving Fecal Transplant From Overweight Relative.

A case report published Feb. 4 in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases details how a normal-weight female patient suffering from a C. difficile infection “rapidly became obese after receiving a fecal transplant from an overweight relative.” The patient, now cured, has “gained more than 40 pounds since the transplant” and is still putting on […]

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips. . .Colon Cancer Prevention: Quality Matters!

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Study: Organ Transplants Have Saved More Than Two Million Years Of Life In The US.

Research published in JAMA Surgery suggests that “organ transplants have saved more than 2 million years of life in the United States over 25 years.” However, researchers found that “less than half of the people who needed a transplant in that time period got one.” The investigators found that “the number of years of life […]

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Pain Treatments Less Effective for Those with Irritable Bowel

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that the immune system is defective in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, which is a major reason why sufferers have ongoing issues with pain. The research — the first of its kind in the world — could also help to explain why some painkillers may not offer satisfactory […]

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Leaky Gut: Source of Non-AIDS Complications in HIV-Positive Patients

uman immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is no longer a fatal condition, thanks to newer medications inhibiting the retrovirus, but a puzzling phenomenon has surfaced among these patients — non-AIDS complications. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have resolved the mystery with their discovery of the leaky gut as the offender. Bacterial products […]

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Genetic Factors Involved in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Discovered

UCLA researchers were part of a team that has discovered the interplay of several genetic factors that may be involved in the development of early-onset ulcerative colitis, a severe type of inflammatory bowel disease. The early research findings in mice suggest possible new targets for prevention and treatment strategies to address the inflammation generated by […]

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Possible Bacterial Drivers of IBD Identified

Yale University researchers have identified a handful of bacterial culprits that may drive inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, using patients’ own intestinal immune responses as a guide. The findings are published Aug. 28 in the journal Cell. Trillions of bacteria exist within the human intestinal microbiota, which plays a […]

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Antiviral Therapy Can Prevent Liver Cancer in Chronic Hepatitis B Patients

One of the most severe complications of hepatitis B is the development of liver cancer, which is responsible for approximately 745,000 deaths worldwide each year. Two new studies appearing in the June issue of Gastroenterology provide strong evidence that antiviral therapy can reduce the risk of liver cancer in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. […]

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Joint Education Standards Help GI, Hepatology Programs Meet Accreditation Requirements

team of representatives from five gastroenterology and hepatology societies have created a toolbox designed to help gastroenterology training directors meet the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Internal Medicine Subspecialty Reporting Milestones requirements while training fellows to independently care for patients. Thirteen core tasks, known as “entrustable professional activities,” or EPAs, have been identified […]

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Exposure to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Drugs Could Increase Leukemia Risk

Immunosuppressive drugs called thiopurines have been found to increase the risk of myeloid disorders, such as acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare bone marrow disorder, seven-fold among inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. These data were reported in a new study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the […]

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Quinoa Well Tolerated in Patients with Celiac Disease

Adding quinoa to the gluten-free diet of patients with celiac disease is well-tolerated, and does not exacerbate the condition, according to new research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Victor F. Zevallos, from the Department of Gastroenterology, King’s College London, United Kingdom, evaluated the in-vivo effects of consuming quinoa in adult celiac patients. […]

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Study Finds Probiotics Prevent Deadly Complications of Liver Disease

Probiotics are effective in preventing hepatic encephalopathy in patients with cirrhosis of the liver, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Hepatic encephalopathy is a deterioration of brain function that is a serious complication of liver disease. “This rigorous new research finds […]

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Carbonation Alters The Mind’s Perception of Sweetness

Carbonation, an essential component of popular soft drinks, alters the brain’s perception of sweetness and makes it difficult for the brain to determine the difference between sugar and artificial sweeteners, according to a new article in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. “This study proves that the right combination of carbonation and […]

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Gluten-free Diet Relieves ‘brain fog’ in Patients with Celiac Disease

Individuals with celiac disease often experience ‘brain fog’ in addition to intestinal problems, but a new study shows that adhering to a gluten-free diet can lead to improvements in cognition that correlate with the extent of intestinal healing. The Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics findings indicate that ridding the diet of gluten may help address problems that celiac disease […]

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Wound-healing role for microRNAs in colon offer new insight to inflammatory bowel diseases

A microRNA cluster believed to be important for suppressing colon cancer has been found to play a critical role in wound healing in the intestine, UT Southwestern cancer researchers have found. The findings, first discovered in mice and later reproduced in human cells, could provide a fresh avenue for investigating chronic digestive diseases and for […]

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Colon Cancer, Metabolism Link Found

Rather than the typical series of oxidative steps that take place in the citric acid cycle, cancer cells metabolize sugar via the glycolytic pathway irrespective of whether oxygen is present or not. InThe EMBO Journal, researchers in the United States report that the reason for this difference in colon cancer is changes in the Wnt […]

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Early detection of stomach cancer: New hope from new research

University of Adelaide research has provided new hope for the early detection of stomach cancer with the identification of four new biomarkers in the blood of human cancer patients. Stomach or gastric cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the world and the second leading cause of death due to cancer. “Stomach cancer is […]

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Pathway Uncovered Linking Heartburn to Esophageal Cancer

Got heartburn? More than 60 million adults in the U.S. have acid reflux, or heartburn, and approximately 10 percent are at risk for developing esophageal cancer, due in part to complications from Barrett’s esophagus. But researchers at Rhode Island Hospital discovered a pathway they believe links Barrett’s esophagus to the development of esophageal cancer. Their […]

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Research Shows, Cell Stress Inflames The Gut

Over 3.5 million people in Europe and the US suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis — the two most common forms of IBD. Chronic bowel inflammation is caused by an overreaction of the immune system to the bacteria which naturally occur in the gut. “This overreaction can come about if, for example, the anti-stress […]

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Growing Up On Livestock Farms Significantly Cuts Risk of IBD

New research conducted at Aarhus University has revealed that people who have grown up on a farm with livestock are only half as likely as their urban counterparts to develop the most common inflammatory bowel diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The study findings have recently been published in the European Journal of Epidemiology. “It […]

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When Good Gut Bacteria Gets Sick

Being sick due to an infection can make us feel lousy. But what must the ecosystem of bacteria, or microbiota, colonizing our guts be going through when hit with infection? A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has utilized unique computational models to show how infection can affect bacteria that naturally live in our […]

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Implantable Magnetic ‘Bracelet’ Brings Relief to GERD Sufferers

An innovative laparoscopic procedure that implants a ring of magnetic beads to help prevent acid reflux in patients who suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the latest tool surgeons at Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) have to treat the disease. More than 30 million American’s suffer from acid reflux each month, and the risk […]

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Large Studies Identifies Exact Gut Bacteria In Crohn’s Disease

While the causes of Crohn’s disease are not well understood, recent research indicates an important role for an abnormal immune response to the microbes that live in the gut. In the largest study of its kind, researchers have now identified specific bacteria that are abnormally increased or decreased when Crohn’s disease develops. The findings, which […]

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Two Genes Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a group of chronic inflammatory disorders of the intestine that result in painful and debilitating complications, affects over 1.4 million people in the U.S., and while there are treatments to reduce inflammation for patients, there is no cure. Now, Cincinnati Cancer Center and University of Cincinnati (UC) Cancer Institute researcher Susan […]

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips discusses Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips on GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer

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Age-Related Colon Condition Not Cause for Alarm, Study Says

Age-Related Colon Condition Not Cause for Alarm, Study Says   Chances of diverticulosis developing into serious disorder are slimmer than thought     THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Diverticulosis — a medical problem characterized by pouches in the lining of the colon — is much less risky than previously believed, a new study […]

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J&J, Medivir Win U.S. FDA Approval for Hepatitis C Pill

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Medivir AB (MVIRB) won U.S. approval for their pill to treat chronic hepatitis C, the first drug allowed for sale in a competition to bring new treatments for the virus to market. The Food and Drug Administration cleared simeprevir, to be called Olysio, in combination with other medicines for the […]

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Telepresence Robots Help Physicians Make Diagnoses Remotely

ROBOTS LET DOCTORS ‘BEAM’ INTO REMOTE HOSPITALS BY TERENCE CHEA  ASSOCIATED PRESS     AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli TECHNOLOGY VIDEO       BUY AP PHOTO REPRINTS       CARMICHAEL, Calif. (AP) — The doctor isn’t in, but he can still see you now.   Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into […]

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‘Super-Magnets’ Pose Rising Threat To Kids, Study Finds

By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter   SUNDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) — Powerful “super-magnets” found in adult desk toys and other novelty items still trigger many emergency-room visits after children swallow them, according to a new report, even though some products with these magnets have been recalled.   “These ingestions have increased over the past […]

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Too Much Sitting Could Raise Colorectal Cancer Risks For Men

Too Much Sitting Could Raise Colorectal Cancer Risks For Men Oct 28, 2013 For men, too much time sitting could raise the likelihood of experiencing colorectal adenomas — known precursors for colorectal cancer — again, according to a new study.   Researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found an association between […]

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Regular doc visits tied to fewer colon cancers deaths

Regular doc visits tied to fewer colon cancers deaths By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK |          Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:14pm EDT         NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older Americans who visit their doctors regularly are less likely to develop or die from colon and rectal cancers, according to a new study. Researchers credit screening that […]

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Carbonation May Help Artificially Sweetened Soda ‘Trick’ the Brain

Carbonation May Help Artificially Sweetened Soda ‘Trick’ the Brain Study unclear whether this helps or hinders people trying to lose weight FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) — Did they get your diet soda order right at the drive-thru? It may not be so easy to tell. According to a new study, carbonation in soft drinks […]

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Colon cancer screening works over the long term, studies confirm

Colon cancer screening works over the long term, studies confirm        By Eryn Brown September 18, 2013, 2:58 p.m.   Getting a colonoscopy is not something most people look forward to — but a new analysis suggests that it’s worth it to follow screening recommendations and have the test done every 10 years (or every five […]

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips Talking about Hepatitis C

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips – Clinical Research In The United States

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips talking about – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Disease

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips on the Topic of Colon Cancer

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips – Clinical Research in the United States

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Video: Dr. Raymond Phillips Discusses – Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Colon Cancer: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

In 2009 almost 150,000 cases of colon cancer occurred with nearly 50,000 deaths.  Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States and is an equal gender offender – both genders are affected to the same degree.  Over the past 20 years these numbers have not improved dramatically despite advances […]

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Tummy Troubles

“You are what you eat”, a statement emphasizing healthy eating was derived from a phrase in 1826 “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are”.  Research on the digestion and absorption of food has clarified the relationship between content, volume and timing of meals vis a vis our sense of […]

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Colon Cancer: An ounce of prevention…

If you are 50 or older and have not yet been screened for colon cancer, you are taking a significant but unnecessary risk.  Colon cancer develops from a benign lesion called a polyp (adenoma-carcinoma hypothesis).  The National Polyp study in 1991 demonstrated that by detecting and removing polyps, colon cancer could be prevented from developing.  […]

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A Night Out in Naples, Florida: Prescription for Gastroesophageal Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is the term for reflux of stomach contents (acid, food, air, bile and pancreatic enzymes) into the esophagus.  GER is prevented by the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) which separates the esophagus from the stomach. Upon swallowing, food is propelled through the esophagus, the LES relaxes and food enters the stomach whereupon the […]

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