Mitchell Lichtenstein

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using frozen material for fecal transplants is as effective as fresh material in curing people with chronic diarrhea caused by recurrent infection with Clostridium difficile bacteria, according to a small new study.

    Each year in the Unit...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, April 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children suffering from irritable bowel syndrome are four times more likely than other kids to have a condition called celiac disease -- an allergy to gluten -- Italian researchers report.

    More than 2 million people in the United States have celi...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to the communities of helpful bacteria living in and on people, "one-size-fits-all" is definitely not the rule, a new study finds.

    A team at the University of Michigan found wide variation in the types of bacteria that healthy p...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia may underestimate how long their recovery will take, new research indicates.

    Hernia surgery involves closing a gap that has formed in the muscle walls of the abdomen. This common procedure...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your risk of developing colon cancer may depend partly on having a doctor who often spots precancerous growths during patients' colonoscopy screenings, a new study suggests.

    Colonoscopy is one of the ways doctors screen for colon cancer. It's e...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Recent research has raised the possibility that low-dose aspirin could add extra years to the lives of colon cancer patients. Now, a new study suggests that only certain patients may gain a survival benefit by taking aspirin after diagnosis.

    Th...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with celiac disease have a nearly twofold increased risk of heart disease compared to those without the chronic digestive disorder, according to a new study.

    Researchers analyzed data gathered from nearly 22.4 million people, aged 18 and...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gut bacteria influence the production of immune cells that act as the first line of defense against infection, a new mouse study finds.

    If validated in humans, the findings eventually could lead to new therapies to sustain and increase people's i...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a new at-home stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.

    The 10-member committee said the benefits of Exa...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer is missed in about 6 percent of colonoscopies, according to a new study.

    "Not only did we find that colonoscopy isn't perfect, we discovered a number of factors associated with these 'missed' cancers," study lead author Dr. N....Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new at-home stool test screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy, researchers report.

    "That kind of result is really unprecedented for a noninvasive stool-based screening," said study co-author Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, di...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The community of bacteria that typically live in the human gut is radically altered in patients with Crohn's disease, a new study shows.

    Overall, patients with Crohn's have less diversity among their intestinal bacteria than healthy individual...Full Article

  • Mitchell Lichtenstein
    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms can occur regardless of what you're eating. However, if certain foods precipitate symptoms, these need to be avoided. Patients can develop sensitivities to specific foods. It is a good idea to first rule out lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity (celiac...Read More
  • Mitchell Lichtenstein
    The diagnosis is usually made based on historical symptoms and ruling out other gastrointestinal disorders. Symptoms of alternating constipation/diarrhea are usually primarily constipation with eventual passage of substantial amounts of stool from the colon, and cramping and bloating. Read More
  • Mitchell Lichtenstein
    The treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) depends on the predominant symptom, diarrhea or constipation. For diarrhea, anti-diarrhea agents (Imodium, Lomotil, Questran) are prescribed; for constipation, Miralax or Amitiza are prescribed; and for abdominal cramping anti-spasmotics (Bentyl,...Read More