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 […]

A Quick Summary of Esophagitis

Esophagitis is an inflammation of the esophagus. Here’s what you need to know about the condition. Causes Esophagitis can be caused by various things. One of the most common causes is reflux. Reflux occurs when stomach acid backflows into the esophagus. A condition called GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease) causes this to happen recurrently, and is […]

Pancreatitis: An Overview

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It can be either acute or chronic, and has several potential causes. Here’s what you need to know about the condition.  Pancreatitis Causes and Risk Factors Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes are activated while in the pancreas, irritating cells and causing inflammation. It can be acute or chronic. […]

Malabsorption: An Overview

Malabsorption is a condition in which a person has difficulty digesting and/or absorbing nutrients from food. Here’s what you need to know.  Causes of Malabsorption Malabsorption can be caused by various diseases. Typically, malabsorption involves difficulty absorbing nutrients like vitamins, fats, proteins, or sugars. Any disease that hinders the body’s ability to absorb nutrients can […]

Cirrhosis: What You Need to Know

Cirrhosis is a condition in which your liver is scarred and suffers permanent damage. Here’s what you need to know about the condition.  Causes and Risk Factors When the liver is damaged, it attempts to repair itself and scar tissue forms. Over time, this scar tissue builds up and makes it difficult for the liver […]

What is Jaundice?

Jaundice causes the whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes to turn yellow as a result of heightened levels of bilirubin. Here’s what you need to know about the condition.   Causes and Risk Factors Jaundice is ultimately caused by bilirubin levels that are too high. Bilirubin is a yellow chemical in hemoglobin, the part […]

Coronavirus and the GI system: What does the evidence tell us?

The coronavirus continues to have an enormous impact on the way we live. Over the past several months, we have begun to learn more and more about the virus. We’ve learned about how it spreads, its symptoms, how to detect it, and potential approaches for vaccines. Crucially, the virus has several documented impacts and features […]