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Dr. James S. Barthel, M.D. North Florida Governor for the American College of Gastroenterology

Largo, Florida – October 2015 – Dr. James S. Barthel, M.D. has been elected Northern Florida Board of Governor for the American College of Gastroenterology. He will officially take office on October 19, 2015 at the 2015 annual ACG meeting.... Read more

World Hepatitis Day – July 28th, 2015

Every year on July 28th, World Hepatitis Day aims to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis as a major global health threat. All types of viral hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver; however, hepatitis B and C... Read more

Physicians advocate treat-to-target approach for IBD

A treat-to-target approach for inflammatory bowel disease may lead to better doctor-patient relationships, Drs. David Rubin and Noa Krugliak Cleveland of the University of Chicago Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center wrote in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. They noted this approach... Read more

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

The American Cancer Society estimates 1 million new cases in the world each year, and more than 800,000 deaths annually. Last year alone, it was estimated that more than 10,000 Americans would die from stomach cancer. 1 in 114 men... Read more

People need more information about gastroparesis, group says

There needs to be better public awareness about delayed gastric emptying, or gastroparesis, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. The condition has been linked to diabetes, and it can cause significant effects, such as stomach pain and... Read more

Connect with FDHS on Facebook

Connect with FDHS on Facebook! You’ll see weekly posts about education, information, nutrition ideas and personal stories of people who live daily with digestive conditions. Here is the link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FLDIGESTIVE Please like ‘US’ Below are a... Read more

Barrett’s esophagus tied to polyp, colorectal cancer risk, study says

Patients with Barrett’s esophagus had an 80% higher likelihood of having a polyp detected during colonoscopy and a 50% higher likelihood of having adenomas found compared with a control group, according to Cleveland Clinic researchers. Study participants were from 50... Read more

Don’t let IBS ruin your day: Take control of your symptoms

Tired of the abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation associated with IBS? IBS is a common digestive disorder affecting millions of Americans every day. Learn the facts about IBS (smartbrief.com) and find out which treatment options are right for you. patients.gi.org/topics/irritable-bowel-syndrome/ Read more

Gastroparesis Awareness

An estimated 10 million Americans are susuffering from a condition known as… Gastroparesis Click here to view/print detailed Gastroparesis flyer Read more

Crohn’s patient inspires others with vacation photos

Makeup artist and former model Bethany Townsend posted vacation photos of herself on the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Facebook page wearing a bikini and other belly-baring outfits that showed her colostomy bags. Millions of people have seen the post, which... Read more

Celiac patients face backlash from critics of gluten-free trend

As more Americans adopt gluten-free diets, some are facing criticism that gluten-free is a fad promoted by food companies to make money. Late-night TV hosts have derided the trend toward gluten-free dieting, and some celiac disease patients say they are... Read more

More baby boomers are obese, report says

A report by the Census Bureau cites a decline in smoking and alcohol intake among Americans 65 and older. However, data indicate 72% of older men and 67% of older women are overweight or obese, putting them at increased odds... Read more

Our FDHS Patient Portal is LIVE and FDHS is excited to be Surfing the Web with our patients!

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Gluten-free trend raises concern for celiac disease patients

The popularity of gluten-free diets among people who do not have celiac disease makes those who do have it worry that the hype will make their lives more difficult through incorrect food labeling and less emphasis on such diets as... Read more

Colon cancer: Have you been screened?

If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable — and curable — types of... Read more

Gallstone disease: Are you at risk?

Gallstones are one of the most common gastrointestinal problems, especially for women. Women between the ages of 20 and 60 years are three times more likely to develop gallstones than men. Learn more about the symptoms and risk factors (r.smartbrief.com)... Read more

Impact of diet on IBS depends on condition type

“In the diarrhea-prominent type of IBS, the primary form of treatment is diet. Constipation can be more challenging to treat with diet alone. Other forms of noninvasive therapy that are routinely used are physical therapy and stress management, because studies... Read more

Study: Celiac “brain fog” may lift when patients go gluten-free

An Australian study says people newly diagnosed with celiac disease who went on a gluten-free diet saw improved cognition and mucosal improvement during follow-up. Researchers said the study supports patient reports about so-called brain fog linked to celiac disease, and... Read more

Most celiac goes undiagnosed

“According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, the disease affects one of 133 people, yet some statistics show as many as 97% of people are undiagnosed and it takes an about nine years for the average patient to receive a diagnosis... Read more

ACG releases new probiotics podcast, gut bug glossary to mark World Digestive Health Day

The human gut microbiome and its impact on health and disease is the World Gastroenterology Organisation’s (WGO) focus topic for 2014. In support of WGO’s World Digestive Health Day on May 29, the American College of Gastroenterology released a new... Read more

Study finds liver benefits from larger but fewer meals

Eating small but more frequent meals was linked to increases in liver fat, independent of weight gain, when compared with having larger but fewer meals, according to researchers at the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam in the Netherlands. “These findings suggest... Read more

Pancreatitis becomes more prevalent among young people in U.S.

The rate of acute pancreatitis among 1- to 20-year-olds rose from 23 cases for every 10,000 hospitalizations in 2000 to 35 in 2009, study data showed. Despite the increase, the mortality rate decreased for young patients with the condition during... Read more

Researchers Look Beyond Gluten for Cause of Wheat Sensitivity

Some people with symptoms of celiac disease who test negative for the autoimmune condition have been told they have nonceliac gluten sensitivity, a less severe form of the disease. Now gastroenterology researchers are looking at whether these patients actually have... Read more

Access Magazine Features Dr. Loewe

Access magazine features Dr. Loewe teaching new techniques to help with optimal patient outcomes. Our FDHS physicians are always advocating for the highest quality patient care. Please read Dr. Loewe’s feature on Therapeutic Endoscopic Management of Synchronous Colon Lesions. Click... Read more

Notification for Patients of Florida Digestive Health Specialists

If you were a patient of Florida Digestive Health Specialists during January 2013 through October 2013, please contact us. Personal information about some of our patients may have been accessed. Please call our Privacy Officer at the toll-free number shown... Read more

Dr. Ravi Kondapalli guest on Health and Wellness Channel

Dr. Ravi Kondapalli is a guest on the Health and Wellness Channel. Please listen to hear more about Colon Cancer Prevention. Click here to listen now Read more

Dick Smothers GI Treatment

F. Scott Corbett, MD treated Dick Smothers for Acid Reflux and Barrett’s Esophagus. Read more

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