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Dr. James S. Barthel, MD

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... Read more

Treating Barrett’s Esophagus: Time To End the Double Standard

The way we have approached most cancers in the practice of evidencebased medicine has been to remove the precursor lesion before the onset of cancer, thus preventing or minimizing the risk that cancer will develop. We do that for actinic... Read more

World Hepatitis Day – July 28th

Every year on July 28, 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

Sticking to Gluten-free Diet Aids Celiac Recovery, Study Says

Sixty-eight percent of celiac disease patients who strictly adhered to a gluten-free diet for one year showed normal morphology of the small-bowel mucosa, researchers from Finland reported in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The 32% of patients who had incomplete... 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

Crohn’s Disease – Harvard Medical School

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes damage in the digestive tract, most often in the small and large intestines. People with Crohn’s disease experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and fatigue. Crohn’s disease may cause only occasional... Read more

Ulcerative Colitis – Harvard Medical School

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. People with ulcerative colitis develop inflammation in the lining of the large intestine (colon). The inflammation leads to the formation of ulcers. This can cause bleeding, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue. Some people... Read more

Treatment of chronic radiation proctopathy with radiofrequency ablation

Chronic radiation proctopathy (CRP) is a common sequela occurring even many years after pelvic radiation. Current ablative therapies for bleeding ectatic vessels have the potential for deep tissue injury leading to ulcerations, perforation, and fistulas. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapy avoids... Read more

GI physician: NAFLD is major health problem

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a major public health risk linked to other problems such as obesity and alcohol consumption, writes Dr. Hyder Jamal, a gastroenterologist for St. Joseph Health practicing in Fullerton, Calif. He writes that NAFLD puts a... 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: 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 ( and find out which treatment options are right for you. 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 ( 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

CCFA Takes The Hill!

Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President & CEO Last week marked our 12th annual “IBD Day on the Hill,” and 120 advocates headed to Washington, D.C. to share how IBD affects their daily lives. Among the advocates were patients, caregivers,... 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

Nutrition experts outline common causes of bloating

Stress, overeating and some chronic illnesses and medications can cause bloating, and nutritionist Monica Reinagel says eating too quickly also is a factor because it is linked to less chewing, reduced carbohydrate digestion and intestinal gas. Nutritionist Marilyn Glenville says... Read more

Gastroparesis: What you need to know

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of gastroparesis, a digestive disorder in which the stomach takes a long time to empty its contents. While diet is important in easing symptoms of gastroparesis, certain medications can worsen the condition.... 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

Extra fiber may reduce stomach pain and constipation, dietitian says

Pediatric stomach pain often is linked to constipation, which can come from eating too little dietary fiber, writes registered dietitian Beth Wallace Smith, who recommends children get five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and that half of grains be... Read more

Track IBS triggers for better control

“Keeping track of your symptoms is [a] helpful tool. In a symptom journal, record when and where you experienced any stomach pain, discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation. Also include what you were doing, how you were feeling, and what type... 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

Dietitians can help ID patients with silent celiac disease

Many cases of celiac disease may go undiagnosed because people do not show typical symptoms, but registered dietitians say they may be able to help identify these patients. RD Marlisa Brown said there are subtle signs of celiac disease, such... Read more

UConn grad writes about her family’s experiences with Crohn’s disease

Recent University of Connecticut graduate Abby Searfoss writes online about her family’s experience with Crohn’s disease, which affects her, her father and her sisters. While Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are not curable, researchers are linking the inflammatory bowel diseases to... 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

Nutritionist says drinking warm water may aid digestion

Drinking warm water in the morning may aid digestion by helping the body break down foods and flush out toxins, clinical nutritionist Stella Metsovas says. Cold water may lack important minerals and have adverse digestive effects, while warm water may... Read more

Gastroenterologist offers tips on choosing probiotics

Good bacteria should make up about 90% of a healthy person’s gut microbiota, but stress, diet or medications can reduce their numbers. Dr. Robbyn Sockolow, a gastroenterologist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said choosing the right probiotic to help... 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

Study: Gluten-sensitive people often do not get celiac tests

Australian researchers said many people who report gluten sensitivity have not been tested for celiac disease and about 25% of those who adopt a gluten-free diet still have symptoms. Data showed 44% had started a gluten-free diet on their own,... Read more

How to handle belching, bloating and flatulence

Ever wonder why you experience belching, bloating and flatulence from time to time? Although intestinal gas is unavoidable, you may be able to alleviate the symptoms by following some helpful tips found here: 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

Research on RF Ablation of Barrett’s Esophagus

Coauthored by F. Scott Corbett, D. A. Kuperman and I. Kalvaria. Dec 2009 Patients suffering from Barrett’s esophagus participated in a clinical trial to test the results of treating Barrett’s esophagus with radiofrequency ablation in community gastroenterology practices versus the... Read more

Dick Smothers GI Treatment

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

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Blue Star symbolizes the fight against colon cancer. The star represents the memory of those people whose lives have been lost to the disease and the shining hope for a future free... Read more