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A bright new future for people with Hep C

June 27, 2017
Hepatitis C can cause serious liver problems, cirrhosis, cancer and death. It used to be nearly incurable. New medications can cure the disease, allowing people with Hep C to have a healthy, hepatitis-free future.


The human microbiome: Why you need to keep it healthy

March 28, 2017
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I recently attended the 2017 Swedish Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit and what I learned there was not only fascinating to me as a pediatric nurse, but as the mother of an 8-year-old.

Inflammatory bowel disease and dietary fiber

December 12, 2016
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Inflammatory bowel disease can lead to damage of intestinal tissues and symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Dietary fiber can be friend and foe to people with IBD. Whole foods that are high in fiber can make symptoms worse during a flare-up, but they can also help prevent future flare-ups during remission.

The silent epidemic of viral hepatitis

November 01, 2016

Approximately 3.5 to 5.3 million Americans are infected with viral hepatitis, but most people do not know they are part of a silent epidemic. This puts them at greater risk of developing severe complications of hepatitis and more likely to spread the virus to others. That’s why the federal government has called on certain groups of Americans to get tested for chronic forms of hepatitis and, if needed, undergo treatment.

Minimizing minimally invasive surgery

June 09, 2016
From the advent of reliable anesthetics in the mid-19th century until only a few years ago, conventional open surgery involving a long incision had been virtually the only tool for curative treatment of cancerous and pre-cancerous tissues of the GI tract. Since then, we’ve moved to minimally invasive surgery. Now, we are moving a step further.

Blood thinners and how they can affect the GI tract

May 30, 2016

Anticoagulants and antithrombotics, commonly known as blood thinners, are used for a variety of medical conditions. They are particularly useful in preventing strokes and heart attacks in many people. But they also can cause bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, which can be life threatening in rare cases.

Colonoscopy – It’s not so scary!

March 23, 2016

As you may know (or if you don’t just tune in Katie Couric and she’ll remind you), March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. In a month full of days such as National Clams on the Half Shell day, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and National Ravioli Day, it’s hard to measure up.

5 fast facts about ulcerative colitis

February 10, 2016

In January, the world mourned the loss of Glenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles. He reportedly battled two autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, for years before his death. Questions since have swirled in the media about these diseases. Here are five fast facts about ulcerative colitis from specialist Karlee Ausk, M.D.

What is Gastrointestinal Bleeding

July 20, 2015
Gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) is blood loss from your gastrointestinal tract from any site from your mouth to your rectum. The level of bleeding can range from mild to severe and life threatening. Small amounts of bleeding over a long period of time can cause iron deficiency anemia with symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, and weakness. GIB is divided into two different types: upper GIB and lower GIB. 

Here is what you should know about upper and lower GIB:

Top 5 Things to Know about Your Child's IBD

June 29, 2015

As tears well-up in her eyes, I notice her husband's arms reaching over to comfort my patient’s mother. I continue to describe the disease that has been ravaging at their son's intestines, probably for the last several months.  Although his parents had suspected something was seriously wrong when their son’s abdominal pain and diarrhea (which had initially seemed like the “stomach flu”) got progressively worse, nothing could’ve them prepared them for what I had just confirmed during his colonoscopy: Crohn’s disease.  

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