A woman experiencing constipation lying on a bed, covering her face

Everything You Should Know About Constipation

Constipation is a gastrointestinal condition which is generally characterized by three or fewer stools passed in a week. It is very common and affects around 30% of the population. Here’s everything you should know about constipation.  Symptoms of Constipation Constipation is defined by a few key symptoms. These symptoms include passing three or fewer stools in […]

barrett's esophagus

Barrett’s Esophagus: Five Things You Need To Know

Barrett’s Esophagus is a condition that develops from chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD causes stomach acid to back up into the esophagus, and over time tissue in the esophagus can change to become tissue similar to that in the intestines. This tissue change is the defining element of the condition.  Here are 5 things […]

colorectal cancer

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer refers to a cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. While cancers that start in either place may be called colon cancer or rectal cancer, respectively, they are often known collectively as colorectal cancer because of similarities between the cancers.  Here’s what you need to know about colorectal cancer.  Causes and Risk […]

Michael Krease

Dr. Michael Krease on a Broad Scope of Practice

Dr. Michael Krease was recently featured in an MD-Update Magazine article where he discussed broadening perceptions of what gastroenterology is:    “Scope Junkie.” “Scope Monkey.” He’s heard them all, and he gets the joke, but Michael Krease, DO, wants to make sure that everyone understands that there is much more to what he does than […]

Matthew McCollough

Dr. Matthew McCollough on Teachable Moments

Dr. Matthew McCollough was recently featured in an MD-Update Magazine article highlighting his passion for communicating with patients:    Like all physicians, Matthew McCollough, MD, completed years of education and training before reaching his current position as gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Health Partners’ (GHP) New Albany, Indiana location. As much as he enjoyed learning, he also […]

Lowering Your Risk of Liver Disease

Liver disease is a general term used to cover multiple types of diseases that affect the liver and its functions in the body. These diseases include cirrhosis, cancer, infectious hepatitis, and blood flow abnormalities, to name a few.  The liver has a role in many important bodily functions, including iron storage for red blood cell […]

crohn's disease

Understanding Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. Crohn’s can occur in any area of the digestive tract from mouth to anus, but most often affects the lower small intestine.  Here’s what you need to know about Crohn’s Disease.  Causes and Risk Factors The cause of Crohn’s disease isn’t […]

peptic ulcer disease

Peptic Ulcer Disease: What You Need To Know

Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) occurs when a person has chronic peptic ulcers. Peptic ulcers are sores in the stomach or duodenum lining that develop when stomach acid deteriorates the lining. There are several treatment options available for PUD based on the cause of the disease in a particular person.  Here’s what you need to know […]

ulcerative colitis

5 Things to Know About Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. When someone has UC, ulcers form where inflammation has injured cells lining the colon and these ulcers eventually may bleed and create pus. This can lead to the colon needing to be emptied frequently.  While there is no cure, […]

Mailing Your Poop Could Cost You

Breast cancer reared its ugly head in my 50th year. By the time a lumpectomy and radiation were over, I was in no mood, emotionally or financially, for a colonoscopy. Then anesthesia failed when a dear friend went in for her first colonoscopy. The pain was so bad, it traumatized her – and scared me, so […]