GI Health: Innovative pill camera for digestive tests

Posted by CarePoint Health on Mar 22, 2017 1:40:29 PM

What if you could swallow a pill that would pass through your small intestine and capture video that your doctor could then use to diagnose all kinds of gastrointestinal problems? It’s possible and gastroenterologists at CarePoint Health like Geethan Sivananthan, MD, are doing it. 

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Topics: Gastrointestinal

GI Health: When to see a gastroenterologist

Posted by CarePoint Health on Mar 22, 2017 1:01:08 PM

What do you think of when you hear the word gastroenterologist? If it’s colonoscopies you are only partially correct. They do specialize in colon health and during colon cancer awareness month they are keenly focused on getting the word out about colonoscopies and preventing the number two cause of cancer death—colon cancer.

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, GERD

Are You Putting Off Scheduling Your Colonoscopy?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Mar 22, 2017 12:30:23 PM

Have you thought about delaying or even skipping having a screening colonoscopy? Does the preparation the night before—or the test itself—seem overwhelming? You are not alone. Gastroenterologist Jeevan Vinod explains that many times our fear of the procedure is driven by not being able to see the whole picture

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, Colon health

10 things Gen-X and Millennials need to know about colorectal cancer

Posted by CarePoint Health on Mar 16, 2017 11:55:58 AM

Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) has been something many people didn’t normally think about until their 50th birthday—when it was recommended that they have their first colonoscopy. However, a new study led by the American Cancer Society and published last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising in young and middle-aged adults. At the same time, rates of colon cancer are declining for adults 55 and older. 

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Topics: Gastrointestinal

4 easy ways to keep your gut healthy

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jun 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

When your digestion isn’t on track, it feels like your whole body is taking a hit. Whether you’re bloated, constipated, or dealing with diarrhea, an upset digestive tract can really throw a wrench in your plans. Although some problems cannot be avoided entirely, there are things you can do to minimize your risk of having intestinal discomfort and upset.

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Gastrointestinal

The truth about gluten and celiac disease

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jun 8, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The sale and popularity of gluten-free products has skyrocketed in recent years. Many people are adopting a gluten-free diet, and there are countless books and articles about the subject. What is gluten, and is it really bad for you?

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Topics: Nutrition, Celiac disease, Gastrointestinal

What to do about irritable bowel syndrome

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jun 1, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects millions of people, yet many cases go undiagnosed. Its symptoms can be bothersome and even severe, so if you suspect you have IBS, it’s time to talk to your physician.

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Topics: IBS, Gastrointestinal

Clearing the misconceptions of colonoscopy

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 25, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The American Cancer Society predicts well over 100,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year alone. Of those individuals, about 50,000 will die. Experts know that the best way to prevent colon cancer is by getting your recommended colonoscopy. Unfortunately, some misinformation about this procedure keeps many from getting the screening done when they should.

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, Constipation, Colon health

5 surprising facts about ulcers

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 18, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Peptic ulcers come with a lot of misconceptions. Commonly referred to as ulcers or stomach ulcers, they can occur in your stomach, esophagus, or duodenum (upper part of your small intestine). Well-meaning people may tell you that your stressful job caused the ulcer, or that you should avoid eating spicy foods. However, these statements are not true. Much more is known about ulcers today than ever before.

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, Ulcers

Dealing with constipation

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 11, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Most people don’t like to talk about constipation. Though this health condition can be embarrassing, any changes in your bowel habits should be discussed with your physician. Healthy digestion is one indicator of your overall health, so anything out of the ordinary should be evaluated.

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, Constipation