Your “Second Brain” aka Your Digestive System

The human gut has over 100 million neurons and works without any input from the brain. It controls the movement and absorption of food but also communicates with the brain effecting feeling, memory, learning and decision making, according Dr. Michael Gershon, professor and chair of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University. Your digestive track […]

5 Immune Boosters to Starve off Colds and Flus

The winter is known for its lingering colds and flus between the months of December through February but, what if it was possible to boost our immunity enough to build a stronger resistance to these illnesses? Here is a list according to an article by Vivian Manning-Schaffel for NBC news. Workout Eat Garlic Sip Elderberry […]

Test Your Knowledge of Colorectal Cancer Screening

Q: What common cancer can you prevent with screening? Q: What are the risk factors for Colorectal Cancer? Q: Who is considered High Risk for Colorectal Cancer? Q: What are the symptoms of Colorectal Cancer? Q: Why is Colorectal Cancer screening so important? Q: What screening tests do the experts recommend? Q: When should African […]

Your Next Colonoscopy

So, it’s almost time for your next colonoscopy and you’re not sure where to go for it. Above all, you are in search of a high-quality, expert doctor to do the exam. There are many online tools that help patients find out the price of procedures and tests, but some are surprised to learn that […]

Thanksgiving Eating Guide

Need some tips for eating over Thanksgiving? Check out this helpful blog post from our nutritionist Alyssa Cohen.   THANKS FOR GIVING ME THESE HOLIDAY TIPS!

C. difficile in Infancy Could Cause Allergic Diseases in Childhood

Clostridium difficile (C. Difficile) during infancy could increase a child’s risk of developing allergic diseases later in life. A study done by researchers in Korea took 65 infants from ages 1 to 12 months to determine this relationship. “Participants had to have had either a change in bowel habits or diarrhea for more than 2 […]

With Opioid Crisis, a Surge in Hepatitis C

It’s no secret that the opioid epidemic has become a worldwide crisis in recent years and with the rise of intravenous drug use comes the rise of Hepatitis C.  Hepatitis C infects tens of thousands of young drug users, mainly in Appalachian, Midwestern and New England states The Pew Charitable Trusts, written by Christine Vestal. […]

Death rates from colon cancer are increasing for white Americans under 55

Throughout the years, the age to start getting checked for colon cancer with a colonoscopy is age 55 but recent findings are stating you might want to start earlier than that. Since 2004 there has been an increase in colon cancer among white Americans under the age of 55 by 1.4 percent annually. These findings […]

Playground Sandboxes Now Pose a Health Threat

As if moms needed more things to worry about, lets add playground sandboxes to the mix. A recent study done by researchers in Spain examined 40 sandboxes in order to evaluate the presence of C. difficile in them. C difficile is also known as Clostridium Difficile, a bacteria that lives in the intestines and causes […]

Depression, anxiety levels higher in all IBS subtypes

A recent meta-analysis performed by the Brain-Gut Axis Research Group of the Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility shows “Patients with irritable bowel syndrome, regardless of subtype, show higher levels of depression and anxiety compared with healthy controls”. The most predominant subtype for elevated levels of both depression and anxiety would be patients with IBS-C, […]

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