Achalasia: A Review of the Condition

Achalasia is a rare condition where the esophagus has trouble moving food and liquid to the stomach. If left untreated, it can become serious. Here’s an overview of the disorder.  Causes and Risk Factors Achalasia is a very rare disorder. Around 3,000 people are diagnosed each year in the United States. Doctors do not fully […]

Coronavirus Updates

November 25th, 2020 This is our thirty-seventh weekly update regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Below, you will find updated facts and figures.  Confirmed cases and deaths 58,712,326 confirmed cases and 1,388,528 deaths worldwide (as of 11/24/20) 12,175,921 confirmed cases and 255,958 deaths in the United States (as of 11/23/20) 132,799 confirmed cases, 1,792 deaths, 2,639,200 tested, […]

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Colorectal Cancer Screening at 45

Colorectal cancer screening is a crucial step to identify cancer early and save lives. Previous medical guidance has dictated that screenings should start at age 50 in most cases. However, the American Cancer Society now endorses screenings starting at age 45. Gastro Health Partners endorses this approach as well. Here’s an overview of why screening […]

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Featured press release: DHPA Supports USPSTF Recommendations to Begin CRC Screening at 45, Calls for More Research on Disparities in Communities of Color

The Digestive Health Physicians Association recently announced its support for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)’s draft recommendation to begin colorectal cancer screenings at age 45. Gastro Health Partners endorses these changes as well. Read more about the DHPA’s support for the changing guidance in this press release: “Washington, DC – The Digestive Health […]

Actor Will Smith and His Colonoscopy

Actor Will Smith recently posted a vlog on his YouTube channel documenting the process of getting a colonoscopy. His video is a great up-close look at the process and why it is so important for everyone. The Colonoscopy Video Will uploaded the video on YouTube on November 6, 2019. Will Smith turned 50 in 2019 […]

Remembering Chadwick Boseman and the Importance of Colon Cancer Screening

The loss of Chadwick Boseman on Friday, August 28th came as a tragic surprise to the world. Only 43 years old, the actor, writer, and director had made a name for himself through his leading portrayals of American heroes such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get On Up (2014), and Thurgood […]

Featured article: Colon cancer screening should start at 45, government panel recommends

Colon cancer screening guidelines are changing, and starting screenings earlier will help save lives. Gastro Health Partners fully endorses these changes. Read more about the changing guidelines in this featured article from NBC News: Colon cancer screening should start at 45, government panel recommends Screening for colorectal cancer should start at age 45, five years […]

Chronic Diarrhea: What You Should Know

Chronic diarrhea can be caused by a variety of things, including infections, GI disorders, food intolerance, and a reaction to medication. Let’s take a closer look at the condition. Causes and Risk Factors Diarrhea is chronic when it occurs three or more times per day for more than two weeks. It has several potential causes. […]

What is Esophageal Manometry?

Esophageal Manometry is a test that helps doctors measure the force and coordination of your esophagus. Here’s what you need to know about the test. When it is used Esophageal Manometry tests whether your esophagus is working correctly. Your esophagus is a smooth muscular tube that pushes food and liquid from the mouth to the […]

Bile Duct Diseases: An Introduction

Bile ducts are tubes that primarily carry bile from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine to help digest fats. Several diseases in the bile ducts can prevent proper bile duct functioning. Read along to find out more. Bile duct disease There are several bile duct diseases that can occur. Gallstones are one common […]