Coronavirus Updates

February 25, 2021 This is our fiftieth weekly update regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Below, you will find updated facts and figures.  Confirmed cases and deaths 111,762,965 confirmed cases and 2,479,678 deaths worldwide (as of 2/24/21) 27,993,504 confirmed cases and 498,993 deaths in the United States (as of 2/23/21) 399,013 confirmed cases, 4,476 deaths, 4,426,973 tested, […]

Gastroparesis: A Summary of the Condition

Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach is unable to empty normally. Read along for an overview of the disease.  Causes and Risk Factors Gastroparesis is usually caused by a nerve injury of some sort. When the vagus nerve, the nerve controlling stomach muscles, becomes damaged it can stop working properly. When the nerve […]

What are Gallstones?

Gallstones are hard deposits that can form in your gallbladder. Here’s what you need to know about the condition.  Causes Gallstones are mostly made up of cholesterol (around 80%) and bilirubin and calcium salts (around 20%). Doctors believe that cholesterol may be tied to the root cause of gallstones. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid […]

Coronavirus Vaccines: Best Practices for People with IBD

People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, may have questions about how they should approach coronavirus vaccines. The International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD) recently highlighted an article titled ‘SARS-CoV-2 vaccination for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases: recommendations from an international consensus meeting.’ In this article, […]

Anal Fistulas: A Brief Overview

Anal fistulas are tube-like passages that connect an infected anal gland to the outside of the skin near the anus. They do not usually heal on their own, and often require surgery. Here’s what you need to know about the condition. Causes Typically, anal fistulas originate from an anal abcess. Anal abcesses are collections of […]

Celiac Disease: What You Need to Know

Celiac disease is an immune disorder that gluten triggers. For people with the disease, it causes an immune response that damages the small intestine when eating gluten, which is found in foods like wheat, barley, and rye. Here’s an overview of celiac disease. Causes and Risk Factors This disease causes an immune response when you […]

An Overview of Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a condition where pockets formed in the colon wall (called diverticula) become inflamed. Here’s what you need to know about the condition. Causes and Risk Factors Diverticula can form when weak areas of the colon give due to pressure, creating pockets in the colon wall. This pressure can be influenced by many things, […]

Colorectal Polyps: What You Need to Know

Colorectal polyps are excess tissue that can form in the lining of the colon or rectum. While most are harmless, some can develop into cancer. Here’s what you need to know about polyps. Causes, Risk Factors, and Symptoms of Colorectal Polyps Polyps occur when certain mutations in genes cause uncontrolled cell growth. This continued growth […]

GHP Doctors Receive Coronavirus Vaccinations

As patient-facing healthcare providers, our physicians at Gastroenterology Health Partners have been working hard to safely treat patients during the coronavirus pandemic. From requiring masks and social distancing to limiting guests and thoroughly sanitizing treatment and waiting rooms, everyone at GHP has been a part of this effort. We have been able to add another […]

What is H. Pylori?

H. pylori is a bacteria that can infect the stomach and cause complications like stomach ulcers. Here’s an overview of how doctors identify and treat this infection. Causes and Risk Factors H. Pylori is very common- in the United States, around 30-40% of people are estimated to have an infection with the bacteria in their […]