Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Disorders

Patient Information

  • Do probiotics really work?

    Most people know that antibiotics are a type of medicine that can combat the bacteria that cause illness or infection, but what about “probiotics”? Simply put, if antibiotics fight bacteria in your body, then probiotics help bacteria.
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  • Keeping clear of colorectal disease

    By the time you finish reading this article, another person in this country will have died from colorectal cancer. According to estimates by the American Cancer Society, more than 55,000 Americans will die from this disease this year. That’s about one person every 10 minutes. It doesn’t have to be that way.
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  • Heartburn may mask serious problem

    fire on a grillMaybe it was the second slice of pumpkin pie, the glass of red wine or that extra cup of coffee after dinner. Whatever the cause, that uncomfortable feeling that’s moving upward from your stomach and leaving a bitter acid taste in the back of your mouth is probably just a little heartburn.
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  • Understanding IBS is the key to controlling symptoms

    family at dinnerTo understand the effects of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it may be helpful to understand some of the terminology commonly used with this condition. First, IBS isn’t technically a disease. The use of the word “syndrome” means a group of symptoms and IBS can cause a variety of symptoms. Also, when physicians use the word “bowel” they are referring specifically to the large intestine, which is also called the colon. more >>

  • A new “superbug?”

    A report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sparked stories about a new “superbug” that’s on the loose. The bug in question is the bacterial infection Clostridium difficile, which is more commonly referred to as “c-diff.” more>>


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