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- 12/19/19 - What do probiotics actually do for gut health? - Chances are you’ve already heard of probiotic-rich kombucha drinks or have seen the many brands of probiotic supplements at the pharmacy. But, what do probiotics really do for gut health? We asked Dr. Ekta Gupta, the director of endoscopy at Johns Hopkins Knoll North, all about it.
- 10/9/19 - Poor Dental Health Linked to Colorectal Polyps - “We think dental care may affect the microbiome. We found that for frequent dental visits, compared with no visits, there was at least a suggestion of a protective effect,” said Samara Rifkin, MD, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore.
- 10/8/19 - 7 Myths and Facts About the Flu Shot -“Patients with IBD can receive the flu shot even if they are on medications that affect the immune system,” Charabaty adds. “Actually, these patients absolutely need the flu shot, since they are at higher risk of pneumonia.”
- 10/2/19 - 4 Questions About Discontinuing Biologic Treatment of IBD During Pregnancy - Gastroenterology Consultant caught up with Brindusa Truta, MAS, MD, about the research.
- 9/30/19 - 11 GI leaders to know in September - [Among the] 11 gastroenterologists Becker's ASC Review featured in September: 6. Firas H. Al-Kawas, MD, is director of endoscopy at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.
- 9/30/19 - Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Beats Diet, Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss - Patients who underwent endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty achieved greater weight loss than patients who made diet and lifestyle changes alone, according to study results. “Though now gaining traction worldwide, much is left to learn when comparing this procedure to other weight control strategies,” Vivek Kumbhari, MD, director of bariatric endoscopy at Johns Hopkins medical institutions, and colleagues wrote.
- 9/29/19 - 8 Top Questions Patients Ask These GI'S About Biologics - “There’s still a misconception that biologics should be a last recourse in the choice of drugs for IBD—that they’re for patients who are really sick, or for patients who have tried everything else first,” says Aline Charabaty, MD (Twitter: @DCharabaty), director of the IBD center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at Sibley Hospital in Washington DC and spokesperson for the American Gastroenterological Association. “But actually, the earlier we use them in the course of the disease in a high-risk patient, the more effective they’re going to be at controlling the inflammation and preventing flares and complications.”
- 9/23/19 - Is prophylaxis a must for preventing bleeding in patients with cholangitis? Probably not - Aline Charabaty, MD, an associate professor of medicine and the director of the IBD Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital, told Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News that she also does not routinely prescribe [proton pump inhibitors] to prevent GI bleeding in acute cholangitis. “But if we can identify risk factors for GI bleed in the context of [acute cholangitis], then PPIs can be a cost-effective prophylaxis and can decrease overall in-hospital mortality.”
- 9/23/19 - Why Can't We Stop Pancreatic Cancer - In an editorial entitled “Screening for Pancreatic Cancer – Is There Hope?” in JAMA Internal Medicine in August, Dr. Anne Marie Lennon and coauthors at Johns Hopkins University wrote ... "With current technology … it is often impossible to distinguish between a precursor lesion that harbors an early cancer or may develop one, and relatively harmless lesions that can be safely watched."
- 8/19/19 - Anterior, posterior POEM both effective achalasia treatments - Mouen A. Khashab, MD, from the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and colleagues wrote that while finding the optimal clinical approach to peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is crucial, data comparing these techniques are limited.
- 8/14/19 - IBD Community Throwing Elbows Over Value of TDM - One problem for both adherents and detractors alike is that no one can define what, exactly, constitutes a “therapeutic drug level.” “There might not be a universal target therapeutic level that applies to all patients, but rather an individual one,” Aline Charabaty, MD, an associate professor of medicine and the director of the IBD center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital, in Washington, D.C., told Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.
- 9/5/19 - AGA Member Simon Mathews, MD, appointed to PCORI's patient engagement panel - AGA congratulates Dr. Mathews and is pleased that the needs and concerns of digestive disease patients will have a strong voice in PCORI.
- 9/4/19 - Dr. Francis D. "Frank" Milligan, pioneering Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist who practiced for 49 years, died - Dr. Francis D. “Frank” Milligan, a retired Baltimore gastroenterologist who practiced for nearly five decades, died Aug. 20 at his Roland Park Place home of complications from a fall. The former longtime Homeland resident was 87.... Dr. Milligan returned to Baltimore in 1970 when he was named assistant professor of medicine in the gastroenterology division at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and in 1975 was appointed associate professor in the department, a position he held until his retirement in 2011.
- 8/27/19 - Can disposable colonoscopy tools lower infection rates? - Susan Hutfless, Ph.D., tells Yahoo Lifestyle: “There are fewer infections with higher-volume facilities.” Here’s why: After colonoscopes are cleaned, water droplets can remain on the scope, which can grow bacteria over time. “It’s only bad if it sits there,” Hutfless explains. But in high-volume facilities, these scopes are being used “again and again” every day, so water doesn’t remain on the scope for long.
- 05/18/19 - DDW News video: Dietary supplements and the practice of gastroenterology
- 11/28/17 - Obesity continues to be a major problem in the US - Dr. Vivek Kumbhari helped a patient lose more than 100 pounds though an endoscopic weight loss procedure
- 06/26/17 - Probiotics Are The Latest Health Craze, But Are They Actually Good For You? (Video) - Dr. Linda Lee discusses the science of probiotics and health benefits
- 10/12/16 - You Asked: Should I Try the Whole30 Diet? - Dr. Mullin discusses who this is best for and how it may be harmful to some
- 09/19/16 - If probiotics work for a friend, why won't they work for you? - Dr. Lee notes that probiotics — which are live bacteria delivered through a pill, drink or powder — don’t affect all of us equally.
- 08/10/16 - How Often Should You Poop? - Dr. Lee discusses how there is a wide range for what's normal
- 07/23/16 - Colonics: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Even Thinking About Getting A Colonic - Dr. Lee offers her thoughts
- 07/01/16 - Why a cold beer doesn’t cool you off, and other summer mysteries - Dr. Mullin addresses food mysteries of summer
- 06/16/16 - What A Fecal Transplant Can Actually Do - And What It Can't (Yet) - Dr. Lee discusses fecal transplant and what they do
- 02/04/16 - 9 Weird Pooping Habits, Explained by Science - Dr. Pasricha comments on night time elimination
- 11/16/15 - What Really Happens When You Swallow Gum - Dr. Gerry Mullin addresses the claim you have been hearing for years
- 04/30/15 - Building a Full-Blown Human Body-on-a-Chip - Dr. Donowitz is working on re-creating the functiond of intestines cells
- 01/26/15 - T&T Scientists Lead the Way - Dr. Anthony Kalloo, Trinidad native, wins prestigious award at the 2014 Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology
- 12/10/14 - Hepatitis C Treatment Breakthroughs - Dr. Mark Sulkowksi weighs in on the possibility of curing Hepatitis C
- 12/08/14 - Do Cleanses Really Work? - Dr. Lee gives her take on the very popular cleansing trend
- 11/10/14 - New HCV Drugs Pass Muster in Real World - Dr. Mark Sulkowski discusses the findings of his study
- 10/11/14 - Hep C Combo Pill May Cure Those Who Can Afford It - Dr. Alqahtani discusses how he wrote his first prescription for the pill
- 06/02/14 - Experts Urge Caution Before Trying "Elimination Diet" - Dr. Linda Lee offers her take on removing food groups from your diet
- 03/24/14 - Can What You Eat Affect Your Mental Health? Dr Linda Lee weighs in on the issue of food and mental health
- 03/21/14 - 9 Foods Doctors Swear By
- 03/17/14 - A Colonic for Clear Skin? Experts say that's a load of...
- 01/09/14 - Improved healthcare for digestive diseases
- 12/11/13 - Surgeries in future will be scarless - An interview with Dr. Tony Kalloo, the pioneer of NOTES
- 09/09/13 - TV Anchor Leon Harris Returns to Work After Near-Fatal Health Crisis
- 07/08/13 - GI Doctors Use Endoscopy to Place Transpyloric Stent To Treat Gastroparesis
- 05/03/13 - Bracelet-like device treats acid reflux - Area hospitals to start offering non-invasive surgery
- 04/26/13 - Freaky Friday: Autonomous Tissue Grabbers Are On Their Way
- 04/23/13 - Team deploys hundreds of tiny untethered surgical tooks in first animal biopsies
- 02/01/13 - Woman’s Radical Procedure Transforms Liver Into Super Organ
- 12/12/12 - Getting a Grip - Revolutionary Tools that look like science fiction, aren't.
- 12/12/12 - So Many Polyps in So Little Time - Patients with serrated polyposis confirms a relentless path.
- 12/12/12 - It's High Time for the Gut-Brain - Paths to translate our understanding of "the enteric" into therapies.
- 10/24/12 - Discovery Channels - Breakthrough surgical innovations for navigating and healing the body.